Teen Gets Prison In Slaying Of Gang Trial Witness

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 16-year-old was sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison for killing a high school sophomore who moved to Las Vegas while waiting to testify as a witness in California gang trial.

Raymond Roseby told a judge Thursday he didn't mean to kill 15-year-old Demontre Carroll, who was shot in the back in front of his southwest Las Vegas home in October 2007.

Roseby pleaded guilty Oct. 2 to voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon in a plea deal that avoided trial.

A Riverside County, Calif., prosecutor, Deena Bennett, calls it suspicious that Carroll was killed 16 days before he was due to testify in a trial involving 14 gang members.

Authorities say Carroll witnessed a February 2007 shooting in Banning, Calif., that left two gang members dead.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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

AP-NY-11-07-08 1653EST

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