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Man gets decades in prison for last summer's beating deaths

By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

Hugs and tears in downtown Lincoln Friday afternoon as the family of 20–year–old Shane Walton gained a little closure knowing his killer will spend decades in prison.

"I miss him terribly. Very young man, he had a lot of years left in his life," Walton's grandmother Norma Jean Burgess, said. "And I'm just very, very sad. Today was a very difficult day."

Walton was beaten to death with a baseball bat near 38th and L Streets last June. 

Friday, Richard McLaughlin III was sentenced to a maximum of 75 years for manslaughter, use of a weapon and an unrelated sex assault. Police said he was a member of the True Blue Soldiers gang.

"The heinousness of the crime defies human logic to me," uncle Shaun Walton said.

"I can't forgive him yet, maybe one day," Walton's aunt, Stephanie Walton-Tadlock, said. "But right now, it's still too fresh."

Walton's family spent the day remembering the 20 short years they had with him.

"To do the things you normally used to do has been baby steps going forward, and trying to get enjoyment from the things you used to do," Walton-Tadlock said. "Because you don't enjoy them anymore."

The same night of walton's death, police said 27-year-old David Mueller was also beaten to death. Tyler Thornburg, another gang member, was involved and has been convicted.

Mueller's family was present at the sentencing. They said they're just waiting for Thornburg's sentence on Tuesday.

As for Walton's family, they said Walton's smile that would light up a room will continue on in the lives of five others. He was an organ donor.

"No amount of time can bring Shane back," Walton's uncle said. "But hopefully this will send a message to these gangs out there: you do the crime, you're going to get the maximum."

McLaughlin's family was also in court, very distraught. They declined to comment. 

McLaughlin will be eligible for parole after serving 32 consecutive years.

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By: Channel 8 Newsroom
8@klkntv.com

Richard McLaughlin III has been sentenced to a maximum of 75 years in jail for the beating death of 20-year-old Shane Walton last June.

McLaughlin was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter, 40 to 50 years for use of a weapon and another four to five years for an unrelated sex assault. He must serve 32 consecutive years before being eligible for parole.

Police say the same night of Walton's death, 27-year-old David Mueller was also beaten to death. Tyler Thornburg, another gang member, was also involved. His sentencing is Tuesday.



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