- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 27½ to 60 years in prison in the shooting death of another man on a Philadelphia expressway on Easter Sunday three years ago.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1JgZa7v ) reports that 31-year-old James Alston pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder, conspiracy and firearm charges in a plea agreement reached as jury selection was about to begin for his trial.

Police said he and others were angry at 29-year-old Kareem El for stealing cellphones, including repeated thefts from people he played basketball with in north Philadelphia.

Authorities said El was shot and killed from another car as he was driving toward downtown Philadelphia in April 2012.

Twenty-six-year-old Brent Coleman earlier pleaded guilty to having driven the other car and was sentenced to 12½ to 25 years.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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