Actress Killer Gets Five Consecutive Life Sentences

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    A gang member convicted of murdering teen actress Tara Correa-McMullen and a 31-year-old man during a two-day shooting spree in 2005 is sentenced to consecutive life prison terms without parole.

    LOS ANGELES -- A gang member convicted of murdering teen actress Tara Correa-McMullen and a 31-year-old man during a two-day shooting spree in 2005 was sentenced Friday to consecutive life prison terms without parole.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry said the defense had requested additional time so Damien Watts could make arrangements to get married, but said he was not going to delay the sentencing. Perry noted that weddings are performed in state prison.

    Watts, 23, was found guilty Jan. 23 of two counts of first-degree murder, along with the special circumstance allegations of gang murder and multiple murders.

    He also was convicted of six counts of attempted murder and one count each of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    McMullen, whose real name was Shalvah McMullen, was killed on Oct. 21, 2005, while she was talking with a group of people outside an apartment complex on East Plymouth Street in Inglewood.

    Prosecutors said two men, including Watts, opened fire on the group. McMullen -- who had a recurring role on the television series "Judging Amy" and appeared in the film "Rebound" -- died at the scene, and two other people were wounded.

    Watts was also convicted of killing Thomas Sanders, who was shot in front of a home on South Halldale Avenue the previous day. He was gunned down while he and another man were loading laundry into a car.

    Shots were also fired that same day at three men who were fixing a car on West 84th Street, prosecutors said.

    Prosecutors said none of the victims were involved in any type of gang activity, but Watts just wanted to shoot up rival gang territory.

    "This is a lose-lose situation," Sanders' father, also named Thomas, said at the sentencing. "I take no solace in this."

    Co-defendant Joseph Wayne Jones is still awaiting trial in connection with the two killings, along with the Oct. 3, 2005, slaying of a man at a check-cashing business. He is also facing life without parole if convicted.