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Man gets 80 years to life for teen's murder

Arlon Watson has been sentenced to 80 years to life in prison for the 2009 murder of 18-year-old Dannie Farber Jr.

February 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A man convicted of killing a promising young high school football player has been sentenced to 80 years to life in prison.

Arlon Watson, 22, was sentenced Wednesday morning for the murder of 18-year-old Dannie Farber Jr. A jury found Watson guilty of murder on Monday.

Farber was just weeks away from graduating from Narbonne High School when he was shot to death at a Compton restaurant in 2009. Authorities said the high school senior and All-City wide receiver was having dinner with his girlfriend when the suspect walked up to him, asked him what gang he belonged to and started shooting.

Witnesses said Farber denied any gang affiliation, and authorities confirmed Farber had no gang ties at all, but he was still fatally shot in front of his girlfriend.

Watson eluded detectives for eight months before they finally caught up to him. Authorities said they were able to use surveillance video from the scene to make a positive ID.