Gang member imprisoned in Omaha killing of teen

Jan 30, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man has been given 55 to 85 years in prison for the slaying of a 16-year-old Omaha boy who was wearing red, the color of a rival gang.

Court records say 24-year-old Joshua Vanackeren was sentenced Tuesday. Vanackeren was given 45 to 65 years for second-degree murder and 10 to 20 years for using a firearm. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Police say Vanackeren and other Crips gang members were driving around in a minivan on Oct. 21, 2012, seeking revenge for the slaying of a cousin of a gang member. They spotted Montrell Wiseman and two girls standing outside a house. All three were wearing red.

Shotgun blasts killed Wiseman and wounded one of the girls. Police say Wiseman wasn't a gang member.

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