MINNEAPOLIS -- A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the shooting death of a teenage boy in 2011.
A jury convicted Kemen Lavatos Taylor II on nine counts, including first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Rayjon Gomez and the attempted murder of two teens who were with Gomez, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Officials say Taylor, who was 25 at the time of the shooting, convinced two teens to shoot at Gomez and his friends in a north Minneapolis alley on Aug. 24, 2011.
"These types of crimes shock the conscience of the whole community. Boys shooting boys, egged on by an adult, is sickening," said Freeman.
According to case testimony, Taylor wanted revenge after his brother was wounded by a rival gang member.
At the hearing, Taylor's accomplice Derrick Catchings, admitted Gomez was not the person they were trying to find.