Life Sentence in Killing of Mobile Police Officer

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A 19-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting a Mobile police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.

Judge John Lockett sentenced Richard "Joey" Hollingsworth shortly after he was convicted Tuesday of killing Officer Brandon Sigler in June 2009.

The 26-year-old Sigler worked as a security officer at an apartment complex in west Mobile.

Authorities said Hollingsworth shot the officer as the policeman investigated a quarrel in the complex's parking lot.

Defense attorney Jeff Deen said he will appeal the conviction.

He said his client acted in self defense and was unaware that Sigler was a police officer.

Hollingsworth received a 10-year sentence last year for a related federal charge of possessing a stolen firearm.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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