- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of a man outside a convenience store last year.

Ernest Keosouphanh, of Providence, pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court for his role in the shooting at Sam’s Food Mart in North Providence in May 2016.

Police say 46-year old Hernan Avila, Jr. had been trying to protect his 23-year-old son Hernan Avila, III when he was shot and killed by Keosouphanh.

The younger Avila had apparently had a confrontation with some of Keosouphanh’s associates earlier that day, prompting the shooting.

Prosecutors say Avila III was shot eight times by Keosouphanh The elder Avila was shot in the stomach as he charged at Keosouphanh.

Four others have also pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting.

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