Sudanese immigrant pleads guilty in Portland recording studio murder
PORTLAND (WGME) -- The man charged with murder in the death of a teen in a Portland recording studio now says he's guilty.
A judge sentenced Gang Deng Majok to 30 years in prison Friday for the death of Scarborough teen Trey Aresnault.
It was an emotional afternoon for the family of Trey Arsenault.
They say they really wanted this sentencing to happen before Sunday, which would have been Trey's 21st birthday.
Inside the courtroom in Portland, Gang Majok changed his plea to guilty for the May 2015 murder.
Majok, who also goes by the name “Bang Bang,” shot Arsenault multiple times in a crowded recording studio in Portland's Old Port.
Investigators say Aresnault was an innocent victim, just listening to a friend sing when he got caught in the middle of the shooting.
“I'm really sorry for my actions, I didn't intend to harm Trey,” Majok said. “I'm taking responsibility because I know what I did is wrong.”
Friday the judge also said Majok was not a U.S. citizen.
He came to the U.S. from Sudan in 2002.
The victim's mother, Nancy Laxson, says she believes Majok should have been deported after committing other crimes.
“I'm a nurse, I help everybody, and I think when you do something wrong you don't have the right to be here,” Laxson said. “It's not fair, if that had happened to him a long time ago, Trey would still be here, but we can't take back time, so hopefully we can make laws that will help other people.”
Majok's also facing charges in separate cases, including aggravated assault and drug trafficking.
After he is done serving his time, the judge says he will then likely be deported to Sudan.