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September 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

59-year sentence for 2008 gang murder at Garfield High School


D’Angelo Saloy proclaims his innocence Wednesday morning before he is sentenced for the 2008 murder of Quincy Coleman at Garfield High School. Next to him is his lawyer Julie Gaisford. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

A South Seattle gang member who fatally shot a teenager at Garfield High School in 2008 was sentenced Wednesday morning to 59 years in prison.

D’Angelo Saloy killed 15-year-old Quincy Coleman, a Central District gang member, on Halloween night 2008 while Coleman was hanging out with friends behind the school. Coleman was shot twice in the back and died at the scene, police said.

Saloy, 22, was found guilty in August of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder for wounding a second teen, Demario Clark, who survived the shooting. Both charges carried firearms enhancements that increased Saloy’s sentence by a mandatory 10 years.

Ignoring his lawyer’s advice not to speak during the sentencing hearing, Saloy — who was 16 at the time of the fatal shooting — said he is “a good dude” and “there’s no evidence I’m a bad dude … I’m guilty of nothing.”

King County Superior Court Judge Regina Cahan imposed a mid-range sentence, saying that despite Saloy’s young age at the time of the shooting, he went on to commit additional crimes before his arrest and showed “absolutely no remorse” through the course of his trial.

“The gang issue is so disturbing. I have no doubt the kids — and they are kids — in the South End and the CD (Central District) have so much more in common” than they think, the judge said, eliciting audible scoffs from the gallery, where a number of Saloy’s friends sat alongside members of Coleman’s family. She lamented the “war of sorts” between the gangs that is “over nothing.”

To Saloy, Cahan said: “It’s so cemented in your brain that this is life for you…It’s a long time in prison, but I frankly think if you’re out, there will be more crimes committed.”

Saloy was arrested in September 2012 as he walked out of the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Mason County, where he’d served an 11-month sentence for second-degree assault on a police officer and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Coleman was one of six teenagers fatally shot in 2008 in Seattle, a casualty of the violence between Central District gangs and South End gangs, Deputy King County Prosecutor Jessica Berliner said during Saloy’s trial.

Also killed was 16-year-old Pierre “Pete the Sneak” LaPointe, a friend of Saloy’s — and his death pained and angered Saloy, who wrote about LaPointe in rap lyrics and social-media posts, Berliner said.

During a 2010 conversation recorded by an informant wearing a wire for police, Saloy said that he had been “very upset about the death” of LaPointe, police said. He said that on the night of Coleman’s death, he and some friends had “traveled north to find someone responsible for the shooting,” according to court documents.

Police said the video from the recorded conversation also shows Saloy urinating on Coleman’s memorial marker at Garfied High, the documents say.

Seattle police said Coleman was a member of a Central Area gang and Saloy is a member of a South Seattle gang.

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