JACKSONVILLE, Florida A north Florida man faces a possible death sentence after being convicted of killing a U.S. Navy sailor.
A Duval County jury found 30-year-old Deangelo Thomas guilty Thursday of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors say Thomas mistakenly broke into 40-year-old David
Gilbert's Jacksonville apartment last April when he was trying to rob a drug dealer. Thomas fatally shot the chief petty officer in front of his girlfriend and 3-year-old daughter.
The defense acknowledged that Thomas shot Gilbert but argued
that the killing was not premeditated. But the jury agreed with
prosecutors that Thomas made a conscious decision to fire his pistol eight times.
The same jury will reconvene next week to recommend whether
Thomas should get life in prison or the death penalty. A judge will make the final decision.
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