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Two sentenced in 2012 pot robbery murder

Two men found guilty of murder in a pot-robbery shooting in the Arden-Arcade area two years ago were sentenced Friday to life terms in prison.

Gabriel Jamar McAlister, 32, the accused gunman in the Aug. 21, 2012, killing, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on his first-degree murder conviction in the death of Timothy Schweiss, 25.

Marcus Antonio Logan, 23, received a 15-to-life term from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle on his conviction for second-degree murder.

The killing took place in a parking lot outside the Somerset Apartments in the 2500 block of Edison Avenue.

At Friday’s sentencing hearing, Schweiss’ mother, Nancy Skaja, described her son as a “loving, caring” young man.

“He loved people and he wanted to make friends with everyone he met,” Skaja said.

According to evidence at trial, Schweiss was a low-level marijuana dealer who McAlister and Logan robbed and killed when they were dissatisfied with their take.

Sawtelle called the killing “a ridiculous act” and its outcome “an unbelievable waste” that destroyed the lives of the victim, his family and the defendants and their families.

The judge ripped Logan for looking away and twirling his hair with his fingers while the Schweiss family played a video of the slain man’s life.

“He does not have the courage to look at that,” the judge said of Logan, who smirked and laughed at the remarks from the bench.

Sawtelle told Logan he will “rot in prison.”

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