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Gang member sentenced in two fatal shootings

February 27, 2009 |  3:41 pm

A 23-year-old gang member was sentenced today to life in prison for fatally shooting two people, including a teen actress, officials said.

Damien Watts went on a two-day shooting rampage in the Inglewood area with another man in 2005 in which three separate incidents occurred in rival gang territory, according to officials in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Thomas Sanders, 31, was fatally shot Oct. 20, 2005, in front of a residence on South Halldale Avenue as he loaded laundry into a car, officials said. In a separate incident, shots were fired at three men fixing a car on West 84th Street, but no one was killed.

The next day, 16-year-old actress Tara Correa-McMullen, who had a recurring role on "Judging Amy," was shot and killed outside an apartment complex on East Plymouth Street, officials said.

The victims were not involved in gang activity, officials said.

Watts was convicted Jan. 23 of two counts of first-degree murder, six counts of attempted murder, one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, officials said.

He was sentenced to two life terms in prison without parole, plus 11 consecutive life terms.

His accomplice, Joseph Wayne Jones, 30, has yet to stand trial. Jones is also charged with the 2005 murder of Richard Aaron, who was shot during an attempted robbery.

-- Corina Knoll