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Monday June 24, 2013

Teen Gets 90 Years in Jail for Shooting, Killing Toddler

Teen Gets 90 Years in Jail for Shooting, Killing Toddler

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A Los Angeles teen was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting and killing a one-year-old last summer.

In June 2012, Donald Ray Dokins, then 14, opened fire in a crowd standing outside a South Los Angeles home. In that crowd was 24-year-old Mauro Cortez, who was holding his son Angel Cortez Nava, 1.

The father was hit in the shoulder, while his son was fatally shot in the stomach. Police say the shooting was gang-related, but Cortez was not in a gang. After opening fire, Dokins rode off on his bicycle. The day after the shooting, a grief stricken Cortez went before reporters and asked the public to help authorities find the person responsible for killing his son.

Dokins was arrested three weeks later and charged as an adult.

The now 16-year-old was scolded by the judge on Friday.

Compton Superior Court Judge Patrick Connolly asked, “Why did you do this? Were you fighting an imaginary war?”

Earlier this year, Dokins was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder. On Friday, he was sentenced to 90 years to life in prison.