Fresno man who killed brother-in-law gets 21 years in prison

The Fresno BeeJune 11, 2014 

Tyrone Parker

A Fresno man who fatally shot his brother-in-law during a family birthday party three years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 21 years in prison.

Tyrone Parker, 22, sat silently as his sentence was announced in Fresno County Superior Court.

The victim's mother, Belinda Earl, said: "He got what he deserved."

Parker was initially charged with murder in the slaying of DeWayne Young, 33, the father of four children, on March 20, 2011.

In May, he pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of manslaughter after his attorney, Eric Green, argued that the killing was in the defense of Parker's sister, who was allegedly being beaten by Young.

The shooting happened in a neighborhood of single-family homes near Ashlan and Fowler avenues. Police found Young's body in the road in the 3000 block of Ezie Avenue, south of Gettysburg Avenue. The victim had been shot repeatedly in the chest.

After the shooting, Parker left Fresno. He wasn't arrested until February 2012, when he went to the Salinas Police Department to resolve a ticket. Officers became aware of the arrest warrant for Parker and took him into custody.

Wednesday, prosecutor Ron Wells said the allegation that Young had beaten his wife was never proven.

Young's mother said her son never harmed his wife.

"He was a great father, a loving husband and good son," Earl said of the Hoover High graduate who made a living selling real estate.

Earl said she didn't know what sparked the fatal shooting, but she was glad that Parker was finally punished.

"He don't seem remorseful for what he did to my son, and that hurts," she said.

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