BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The mother of a New Orleans man shot to death in Bangor, Maine, says she's pleased with a conviction of the killer.

A Maine jury convicted Antoinne "Prince" Bethea, of New Haven, Connecticut, of manslaughter in the death of Terrance Durel Sr. Durel was shot outside a home that Bethea shared with Durel's estranged girlfriend.

Durel's mother, Theresa Reed of New Orleans, said she would've preferred a murder conviction on Wednesday but nonetheless says she's "happy" that Bethea is going to prison.

Bethea had rejected a deal calling for him to plead guilty to manslaughter.

After the killing, he shaved his dreadlocks, ditched the gun and fled the state in April 2016. His lawyer said the shooting was self-defense and that he panicked afterward.