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Teen Sentenced To 40 Years For Killing Motorist On Freeway

An Olympia teenager has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a man during a traffic dispute on Interstate 5 at Centralia.

David Coronel-Perez, 17, was sentenced Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court. The penalty exceeds the standard-range sentence of 20 to 26 years and the 31-year term recommended by the prosecutor as part of a plea bargain.

Coronel-Perez may appeal.

He pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder in the death of Marcos Gordon Jr., 20, of Tacoma, and also to two counts of reckless endangerment.

Coronel-Perez had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on a charge of aggravated first-degree murder in the March 22 car-to-car shooting. Judge David Draper convened court at 7:30 p.m. Monday to accept his guilty plea.

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

new  James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.