MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - One of five people charged in the gang murder of a Milwaukee rap artist will spend at least 53 years in prison.
19-year-old Ashanti McAlister was given a mandatory life term Thursday, but Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner allowed McAlister to become eligible for a supervised release in 2066, when he's 72.
According to testimony at his trial, McAlister shot 22-year-old Emily Young three times, after she was strangled in her basement last New Year's Day. She performed under the name "Yung LT," and she was known as Evon Young before she changed genders to become a woman.
Prosecutors said McAlister and three other gang members were looking for marijuana, when they went to the home Young shared with co-defendant Billy Griffin. A scuffle followed, and Young was later shot.
28-year-old Victor Stewart and 24-year-old Devin Seaberry struck plea deals and testified against McAlister. Those two are scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Ron Allen is set for a trial in October. Griffin went on trial first, but jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict. He's scheduled for a re-trial in November.