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California gang member gets life for killing career Navy man

June 26, 2019

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gang member with a decades-long criminal history has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a career Navy man in San Diego.

Forty-two-year-old Arrow Morris received a sentence of more than 126 years to life Tuesday for killing Lt. Cmdr. James Celani Jr. and wounding his cousin.

Prosecutors say in 2017, Morris opened fire outside a downtown comedy club where he’d gone with his brother. Prosecutors say Morris was angry after a fight with his girlfriend and vented that anger on two passing strangers.

Celani’s cousin testified that the shooting began after he simply greeted Morris with the polite query: “What’s up, brother?”

The defense argued that Morris’s brother was the actual shooter.

His wife said Celani was weeks away from retirement after a 20-year career.

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