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Boston man gets life in prison for 2010 killing

June 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 2010 killing that prosecutors say was a likely case of mistaken identity.

Twenty-nine-year-old Keith Hobbs was sentenced Tuesday in Superior Court in Boston. A jury convicted him last Friday of murder and gun crimes in the shooting death of 21-year-old Demetrius Blocker.

Prosecutors say Blocker was waiting for a relative in a parking area in the city’s Mission Hill section when Hobbs opened fire on Dec. 16, 2010. Authorities say Blocker wasn’t involved in guns, gangs or violence. He later died at a hospital.

Prosecutors say Hobbs fled and tossed the gun into a trash bin. He was charged with murder in April 2012 after a witness came forward with crucial identification evidence.

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