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November 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM

26-year prison sentence in Federal Way slaying

A convicted drug dealer from New Jersey was sentenced today to 26 1/2 years in prison for killing anothrer man in Federal Way in 2010.

Alfonso V. Senior was convicted by a King County jury in October of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the fatal shooting of Darrell Webster, 24.

Senior’s brother, Antoine Senior, got into a fight with Webster at the Northshore Bar and Grill in Tacoma just before 2 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2010, apparently because he and Webster had “a common interest in a female patron,” according to Federal Way police. Puyallup Tribal Police responded, broke up the fight and cleared everyone from the parking lot.

Webster then drove to a nearby gas station and got out of his car to talk to the woman from the bar and some of her friends, police said. The brothers and a third man drove up to the gas station and Antoine Senior punched Webster.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Berliner said in charging documents that Alfonso Senior “then walked directly over to where the victim was standing and shot him in the face,” charging papers said.

“There was simply no need for the defendant to kill the victim and his willingness to do so with little or no provocation makes it clear that he is a tremendous danger to the community,” Berliner wrote.

The brothers were arrested later that morning at an apartment complex in Federal Way, police said.

Alfonso Senior served time in a New Jersey prison for drug charges, authorities said. On Sept. 10, 2010, Washington State Department of Corrections officials approved a request allowing Alfonso Senior to serve his community supervision in Washington because his parents and son live in Federal Way, said department spokesman Chad Lewis.

Alfonso’s brother, Antoine, 22, pleaded guilty in September to first-degree rendering criminal assistance and unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 17 months in prison.

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