- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld the 25- to 50-year sentence of a man convicted in a 2011 shooting death outside a western Pennsylvania housing project.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1rpFnxR ) reports that the state Superior Court ruled that a Cambria County judge’s sentence in the case of 32-year-old Marquis Neal was appropriate.

Neal was convicted of third-degree murder in the October 2011 slaying of 21-year-old J-Quan Lewis outside the Oakhurst Homes in Johnstown. His cousin, 31-year-old Anthony Harvey, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Authorities said Lewis had been involved in a fight with Harvey the night before.

The appeals court cited testimony that “the final shots were fired at point-blank range as Lewis lay prone on the ground” in upholding the judge’s consecutive term imposed on a firearms count.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, https://www.tribune-democrat.com

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