A gang member who last year shot and killed a 1-year-old boy while the toddler was being held in his father's arms was sentenced Friday to 90 years to life in prison.
In the incident last June, Donald Ray Dokins, then 15, rode his bicycle to a home on the 10500 block of Hickory Street in Watts and opened fire, killing 14-month-old Angel Mauro Cortez Vega and injuring his father, Mauro Cortez.
Authorities said Dokins, a member of the Fudgetown Mafia Crips gang, saw the father’s purple T-shirt and assumed he was a member of Varrio Grape Street, a rival gang.
Cortez, who was born in rural Mexico, is “absolutely not” a gang member, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Gomez, who prosecuted Dokins.