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March 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

50-year sentence for murder of Skyway 12-year-old

A King County Superior Court judge this afternoon sentenced a 36-year-old gang member to 50 years in prison for the April 2010 killing of Alajawan Brown, a 12-year-old boy who was shot in the back outside a Skyway convenience store.

During his trial in January, Curtis Walker attempted to pin the shooting on another man, but the jury didn’t buy his defense and convicted him of first-degree murder and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Brown was returning home after purchasing a pair of football cleats with $20 he’d earned doing yard work for neighbors when he was shot, the jury heard during Walker’s trial.  Walker, a 20-year member of the Blood Pirus gang, mistakenly thought Brown was a member of the rival Crips gang involved in a shootout at a nearby apartment complex only minutes earlier.

Brown was wearing a blue-and-black jacket and jeans — clothing that was strikingly similar to that worn by a Crip who shot and critically wounded one of Walker’s companions during the gun fight at Cedar Village Apartments, located less than a block away from where Brown was killed.

A number of prosecution witnesses testified that Brown and Walker made eye contact, and Brown turned and ran to a 7-Eleven store as Walker aimed a .38-caliber revolver at him and fired twice, striking the boy once in the back.

Brown collapsed and died in the store parking lot at South 129th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South on April 29, 2010.

Walker’s DNA was found on the trigger of the murder weapon and on casings inside the gun. Eyewitnesses implicated Walker, along with ballistics tests, phone records and video surveillance footage.

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