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Gang member pleads guilty in murder of Arlington student

A 20-year-old admitted gang member has pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity/murder in connection with the Sept. 15 shooting death of Sam Houston high school senior Quintarick Wilson.

DeAngelo Cortez Morton, 20, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty last week to three other cases of engaging in organized criminal activity/aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for shooting three other people who survived.

Morton was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison for each of those cases, but all the sentences will run at the same time.

Prosecutor Darrell Davila called the plea bargain agreement a fair resolution to the case. Morton must serve at least half of his 30-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

"This is an example of where a youthful indiscretion to join a gang lead to a murder that resulted in real hard time," Davila said.

In November, Morton told the Star-Telegram that he and other members of the Untamed Gorillas gang went to a party in the 3000 block of Park Hill Lane after Sam Houston’s homecoming game. Once there, they clashed with members of a rival gang, he said.

Wilson’s mother told the Star-Telegram her son was not involved in a gang.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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