Northern Indiana teenager who fatally shot friend sentenced to 60 years in prison

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GOSHEN, Indiana — A northern Indiana teenager who pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of a friend has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The Elkhart Truth reports (http://bit.ly/1sgZU66 ) 19-year-old Miguel Martinez-Villasenor of Elkhart was sentenced to 65 years in prison, with five of those years suspended. He testified in August that he shot 26-year-old Anthony Botello Perez at an Elkhart apartment complex last March because Perez had posted a photograph disrespecting their gang.

Botello Perez's mother, Maria Botello, testified Thursday that although she is still mourning the loss of her son, she forgave Martinez-Villasenor, knowing he had been involved in gang activity. She said her son forgave him also.

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Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.elkharttruth.com

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