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Man who said shooting was elf-defense convicted of murder

August 29, 2019

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who said he shot an alleged drug dealer four times in the back in self-defense has been convicted of murder and faces up to 65 years in prison.

The Connecticut Post reports that a jury found 22-year-old Jovanne Brown guilty of murder, manslaughter and a weapons charge.

The Bridgeport man is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 23.

Brown was arrested in connection with the February 2017 shooting death of 26-year-old Michael Watkins.

Police say Watkins had been negotiating the sale of three pounds of marijuana in a car with Brown and another man when Brown shot him.

Authorities say the men stole the pot and left.

Brown testified that Watkins shot him first and he then shot Watkins with a gun he saw on the car floor.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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