- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A man convicted of having killed a former friend on a northeastern Pennsylvania street last year has been sentenced to the maximum term of 20 to 40 years in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Adamis Arias was convicted in August of third-degree murder in Luzerne County in the February 2013 slaying of 19-year-old Angel Villalobos in Hazleton.

Prosecutors said Arias targeted Villalobos over a $700 debt, shooting him in the back as he tried to flee and again when he was on the ground.

Arias said he never wanted to shoot the victim but acted in self-defense because he was being fired upon as well.

Judge David Lupas noted the defendant’s previous firearms conviction and said he testified “casually and cavalierly” about his involvement in violence and drug transactions.

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