Corey Michael Hardison gets life in Akron gang-related killing of immigrant Karma Tamang

AKRON, Ohio - A man who prosecutors say fatally shot an immigrant as part of a gang initiation has been sentenced to life in prison in northeast Ohio.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports 22-year-old of Corey Michael Hardison was sentenced in Akron Wednesday for the July 21, 2012, slaying of Bhutanese immigrant Karma Tamang.

Prosecutor Mike Rickett said Hardison was given a mission to take a life in order to move up in an Akron gang. Another gang member solicited Hardison to kill an Akron police officer but he refused, saying he'd be willing to kill a "foreigner" instead.

Rickett said Hardison shot the 37-year-old Tamang once in the face as he sat in a car.

Hardison tearfully apologized to Tamang's family in court.
 

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