- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man who shot and killed a customer at a convenience store was sentenced to more than 55 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Jackson Bryant was sentenced Thursday for second-degree murder and five other charges in the November death of 29-year-old Michael Jones.

Police say Bryant pointed a gun at a clerk at the BD Convenience Store and demanded money. When Jones, who was frequently at the store, approached Bryant, he was shot in the head. Bryant left without any money and was arrested nearby.

Bryant was originally charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in January.

Bryant’s lawyer, Christine Jones, said he never intended to hurt anyone during the robbery and fired the shot as a knee-jerk reaction when Jones approached.

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