A suspected gang member has been sent to prison for his role in the beating deaths of two Lincoln men last year. 23-year-old Tyler Thornburg on Tuesday was given 20 years for manslaughter and 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon.
He also was given 20 months to five years on an unrelated weapons case. Prosecutors say Thornburg and 20-year-old Ricky McLaughlin III are gang members who used a baseball bat to beat random victims in June 2013 to make a name for their gang.
McLaughlin was given similar sentences. The two had taken plea deals to reduce charges of second-degree murder.