Edmonds man gets nearly 14 years for murder of roommate

Derrick Crawford, 22, admitted that he shot and intended to kill 27-year-old Joshua Werner.

EVERETT — An Edmonds man has been sentenced to just shy of 14 years in prison for fatally shooting a roommate Jan. 6.

Derrick Elijah “Wiz” Crawford, 22, was sentenced Monday after earlier pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Crawford in February admitted he shot Joshua Werner, 27, intending to kill him, according to documents filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.

The pair had been arguing at the home they and others shared in Edmonds. Crawford reportedly had mumbled that he was “going to kill somebody” if he was bothered again. About 10 minutes later, witnesses said, there was a gunshot.

The punishment was within state sentencing guidelines and in keeping with recommendations from lawyers on both sides of the case.

“A number cannot be placed on a life. Not on Josh’s Life. Not on the defendant’s life,” deputy prosecutor Robert Grant said in a pre-sentencing memo. “No matter what sentence the court ultimately imposes, it does not bring Josh back. His family and friends are only left with his memories.”

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