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Posted: 9:55 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013
KTVU.com and Wires
RICHMOND, Calif. —
A 22-year-old Richmond man has been sentenced to 77 years to life in prison for killing a young man he mistook for a rival gang member.
The Contra Costa Times reports that Nickie Donald was sentenced in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Thursday for the first-degree murder of 20-year-old Asama Ayyad.
Authorities say Donald fired at Ayyad's car on June 25, 2010, believing Ayyad and his cousin were rivals in a Richmond gang war.
Ayyad and his cousin had been volunteering at a mosque and were running an errand when Ayyad was shot, causing his car to crash.
Donald's defense attorney had asked for a short sentence, saying his client is capable of rehabilitation.
In a letter read by his attorney, Donald apologized for hurting Ayyad's family.
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