- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man who fatally shot a member of a rival street racing club over a sticker has been sentenced to at least 20 years in prison.

Benjamin Rivera was sentenced Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 20 years for the May 2013 shooting of Angel Llorens.

The 25-year-old Rivera was convicted by a jury last week of second-degree murder. Prosecutors had sought a conviction on first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole.

Prosecutors say Rivera was associated with an illegal street racing club, and a member of that club ripped a sticker off a car belonging to Llorens, who was a member of a rival club.

Rivera testified at trial that the shooting was self-defense.



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