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18-year-old gets 45-60 years for Lincoln slaying

November 20, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old has been given 45 to 60 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a Lincoln man.

Lancaster County District Court records show Natavian Morton was sentenced Monday. Morton had pleaded no contest to manslaughter and a weapons crime. Prosecutors lowered a charge of second-degree murder and dropped two other charges in return for Morton’s pleas.

Morton was 16 and was one of four young people charged in the March 26, 2018, slaying of 22-year-old Edgar Union Jr. Morton’s judge rejected a motion to move the case to juvenile court.

Prosecutors say Morton wasn’t targeting anyone in particular when he shot at a house during a confrontation between two groups of people.