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Man gets life in prison for 2013 slaying of veteran

March 11, 2016

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man convicted in the 2013 slaying of a 27-year-old U.S. Army veteran is headed to prison.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office says 26-year-old Jessie Williams was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of Joseph Puopolo Jr.

The Medford man was found guilty of first-degree murder in February. He was also convicted of possession of a firearm without a license and other offenses. He received additional prison time on those charges.

Authorities say Puopolo was fatally shot on July 3, 2013, at a Stoneham home. A second victim was shot but survived.

Prosecutors say the shooting happened during a drug deal involving the victims, Williams and 21-year-old Eugene Tate. Tate was convicted in November of first-degree murder and other charges.

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