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Man sentenced to 87 years in gang-related stabbing death of fellow inmate

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - UPDATE 4:05 p.m.

Judge Gayle Harthcock sentenced Erick Romero to 87 years in prison, putting him behind bars for life after stabbing fellow inmate Timothy Denton to death in a gang-related incident.

The judge mentioned his tendency to smile and sneer while in court over the past year.

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A man pleaded guilty to first degree murder Wednesday for killing a fellow inmate at the Yakima County jail.

Erick Romero, 26, was accused of killing Timothy Denton in May 2016 with a homemade knife in a gang-related attack.

He entered the packed courtroom smiling. He answered questions regarding the plea with short, basic answers. Now he awaits sentencing for Denton's stabbing death.

Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 1,041 months, or roughly 87 years in prison. The defendant did make a statement about his potential sentence, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.

Romero faces a number of other charges, some related to the murder, others given prior. The court is currently reviewing these charges.

Trial is still pending for Romero's co-defendant, Hilario Sosa.


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