Life sentence for downtown Reno murder

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A man who lured another man into a downtown Reno alley and shot him will serve the rest of his life in prison, Washoe District Court Judge Scott Freeman ruled.

Dontay Thor Sevier, 29, also had another 20 years added to the life sentence for using a deadly weapon to kill Vidal Smith, 26, on Aug. 31, 2017.

The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said the evidence showed Sevier lured Smith into an alley near Roff Way and West First Street at about 2 a.m. and shot him with a .45-caliber gun.

Detectives used surveillance footage to identify Sevier as a suspect and tracked him to Tempe, Ariz., where the U.S. Marshals Service arrested him. He was extradited to Washoe County in February 2018.

A Washoe District Court jury found him guilty of murder after a week-long trial in June.

During sentencing, Chief Deputy District Attorney Luke Prengaman presented evidence to the court about Sevier’s violent criminal history and history of illegal gun possession

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