Anchorage murder sentenced to 61 years

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted of murder at a summer party was sentenced Friday to 61 years in prison.

Jerome Logan, 22, was sentenced to 80 years in prison, with 20 suspended, for first-degree murder, plus one year for assault.

Logan, 22, killed Billy Watterson at a party in July 2000 after a pickup basketball game that ended in racial taunts, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Logan got into a fight with a player who taunted him after the game was over and was told to leave. Instead, he went to his car and got a revolver.

He returned and was pointing the gun at people when Watterson tackled him. During the struggle, Watterson was shot twice. He died the next day.

Superior Court Judge Mike Wolverton said he believed Logan did not intend to kill Watterson when he retrieved the gun.

But ''we don't go out as an armed camp as a matter of course and solve matters that arise by (showing) firearms,'' Wolverton said.

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