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Former Marine sentenced for killing friend in New Orleans

March 12, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Marine has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his friend in New Orleans more than two years ago.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported 29-year-old Laurence McKee was sentenced Monday for his conviction in January on a charge of second-degree murder.

McKee had said the shooting of 25-year-old Justin Scott in 2016 was an act of self-defense as Scott attacked him. But a police investigator said the scenario McKee described was “highly unlikely.”

A doctor said Scott was shot in the back.

Criminal District Judge Tracey Flamings-Davillier rejected a request by McKee’s attorneys for a new trial before imposing the sentence.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com