Man Gets Life for Killing Jewelry Store Owner

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By: ap Email

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida man has been
sentenced to life in prison for killing a West Palm Beach jewelry store owner during a robbery.

A Palm Beach County judge sentenced 30-year-old Arron Smith on
Friday after he was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.

Prosecutors say Smith and 53-year-old Kenneth Laws robbed the
West Palm Coin and Jewelry Exchange in July 2010. During the
robbery, 44-year-old John Lauseng was shot in the back and arm. Smith and Laws fled in a van authorities say was driven by 42-year-old Hasan Jones.

Laws was sentenced to life in prison last year after being
convicted of murder.

Jones has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a
deal to testify against Smith. He awaits sentencing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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