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Youth minister Oscar Duncan was shot and killed in Venice on June 4, 2012.

A 25-year-old gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 90 years to life in state prison for the murder of a youth minister in Venice nearly three years ago.

Hopeton Parsley was found guilty on Feb. 20 of first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Oscar Duncan in 2012, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The jury also found his co-defendant Kevin Dwayne Green, 31, guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery, the release stated. His sentencing was scheduled for June 5. He face 50 years to life in prison.

A third defendant, 20-year-old Nichole Sheran, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter in the same case in April 2014. Sheran was expected to be sentenced to 11 years in state prison on June 24.

Duncan was returning home from dinner with his fiancee on June 4, 2012, when someone in a car “cat-called” the woman, the release stated.

The assailants shouted a gang name before Parsley fired a single shot, hitting Duncan in the head, according to prosecutors.

Duncan, who was not a gang member, was involved in gang intervention in addition to being a youth minister.

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