- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after being convicted of murder in the fatal stabbing of an acquaintance at an Akron shopping mall.

Twenty-nine-year-old Deandre Baskerville, of Akron, was sentenced Tuesday.

Last week, a jury found him guilty of two counts of murder but acquitted him of the more serious charge of aggravated murder. Baskerville’s attorney says an appeal is planned.

Baskerville was charged with fatally stabbing 35-year-old Terrance Rogers last August after the two began arguing inside the mall over a drug debt Baskerville claimed Rogers owed. Baskerville’s attorney says the meeting was happenstance.

Baskerville testified at trial that Rogers had been avoiding him for weeks and that he stabbed Rogers in self-defense when he thought Rogers was reaching for a weapon.

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