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Murder suspect Deonte Tomlinson, 19

BRIDGEPORT  — A member of a Connecticut street gang convicted of gunning down a rival gang member has been sentenced to 53 years in prison.

The Connecticut Post reports that 20-year-old Deonte Tomlinson was sentenced Monday for the May 2016 shooting death of 18-year-old Kahlil Diaz in Bridgeport.

Prosecutors say Tomlinson shot Diaz in retaliation just months after Diaz had been acquitted of another gang-related killing.

Authorities say Diaz was getting into a parked car in broad daylight when Tomlinson ran up and shot the victim three times. Tomlinson was caught running from the scene and his DNA was found in a hat the shooter had worn.

He was convicted last month of murder and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Tomlinson did not address the court when given the opportunity.

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