A 20-year-old Tacoma man pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of a teenager.
Xavier M. Magana faces a sentence of 20 years, 10 months to 27 years, nine months in prison when sentenced March 4. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will recommend a low-end sentence, Pierce County deputy prosecutor Stephen Penner said.
Magana shot 18-year-old Alrick Hendricks in July 2009 after a graduation party. Witnesses told police Magana had challenged Hendricks to a fight at the party. The two reportedly had fought in the past, with Hendricks prevailing.
At one point, Magana pulled out a pistol and shot Hendricks as he tried to run away in the 5500 block of East G Street, according to court records. He then walked to where Hendricks lay and fired several more shots into him, the records state.
Police arrested Magana a few days later after a standoff.