'Nut Case' Gang Member Gets Life Sentence

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a member of Oakland's so-called "Nut Case" gang to life in prison for dozens of felony crimes including four murders.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hymer sentenced 22-year-old Deonte Donald to 79 years in prison followed by two additional life sentences for a string of violent crimes committed in 2002 and 2003.

Prosecutors say Donald and seven others called themselves the Nut Cases and robbed, beat and killed people during a four-month crime spree in Oakland that targeted strangers as well as the group's enemies.

Donald, who was 17 during the spree, was found guilty of murdering four people, kidnapping, making criminal threats and carrying out nine robberies, among other related charges.

Two other Nut Case members are awaiting trial.

Information from: The Oakland Tribune,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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