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The Associated Press

YAKIMA — A 17-year-old gang member has been sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison for an unprovoked 2010 shooting at a Yakima gas station that left a rival gang member and his girlfriend wounded.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Yakima County Superior Court Judge David Elofson handed down the sentence Friday against Cesar Saul Prado, who was 15 at the time of the attack. He was tried and sentenced as an adult.

Elofson says it was unfortunate that Prado had been affiliated with gang members since before age 10 without family members intervening.

The judge said it was clear that Prado had opened fire on the unsuspecting couple to gain the “fleeting respect” of fellow gang members.

A jury last month convicted Prado of one count of attempted first-degree murder.