Camden gang member sentenced to 20 years in torture death of Burlington County woman

By Barbara Boyer (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Fri, Aug. 20, 2010
A 14-year-old girl who joined a violent Camden street gang partly out of boredom was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for fatally beating, stabbing, and choking a Burlington County woman.

Shatara Shakira Carter of Camden appeared before Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in Camden and was told she had to serve at least 17 years in an adult maximum-security prison before she could be considered for parole.

Carter is one of 10 members of the Lueders Park Piru Bloods gang charged in the Feb. 22 torture deaths of Muriah Ashley Huff, 18, of Cinnaminson, and her boyfriend, Michael “Doc Money” Hawkins, 23, of Maple Shade.

The two were repeatedly assaulted in a violent frenzy that spanned several hours as the gang members allegedly struggled to make sure they were dead and as both victims begged for their lives.

“I have never seen such a heinous act by a young person in my professional life, and, in fact, not in my life, period,” Snyder told Carter on Thursday.

In May, Carter pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter. She admitted that she beat, stabbed, and choked Huff with her hands and a jump rope in a Berkley Street rowhouse where she lived with several relatives, including her mother, two sisters, and a brother. Her brother, Dennis Welch, 19, also is charged.

Hawkins was beaten and shot in the head after gang members became enraged over his association with the rival Crips gang. Huff had no gang association but was killed because she tagged along with Hawkins that day, authorities said.

The other nine people charged all have pleaded not guilty.

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