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Man gets 40 years in shooting death


One of two men charged in the death of a Corinth man during a deadly shootout on Easter weekend in 2015 has been sentenced.

Marcus McGaha 30, pleaded guilty Friday to one county of manslaughter and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison with 20 years on the manslaughter charge and 20 years on the conspiracy charge and the sentences to run consecutive to each other.

McGaha was indicted, along with Cedric Gunn, on one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Ahmarus Rakim Swinney, 25. Gunn's case remains open.

Deonta Dwayne Herman, 22, also died in the shooting, but autopsy results indicated Herman accidentally shot himself in the leg as he attempted to escape from the violent scene in which more than 80 rounds were fired during an exchange of gunfire at the Nashway Apartments on April 4, 2015.

Police said at the time said Swinney was at the wrong place at the wrong time and had walked up just prior to the shooting. They reported he was sitting on a flight of stairs and was not in anyway involved in the crime, but was caught in the crossfire.