- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A jury has convicted a Knoxville man of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of a man during an attempted robbery in the man’s home.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1lzhi5N ) reports jurors deliberated about five hours before finding 31-year-old Quinton Emmanuel Love guilty Thursday. He was also convicted of burglary, attempted robbery and weapons counts.

Love insisted he was wrongly accused.

Prosecutor Kevin Allen argued that Love used another person to gain entry into 34-year-old John Edward Smith’s apartment. Defense lawyer Joshua Hedrick argued Love was elsewhere, presenting witnesses to support the alibi defense.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Scott Green imposed a mandatory life sentence for the murder conviction. Sentencing on the other counts will be Feb. 4. Love will not be eligible for parole on the life sentence for 51 years.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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