By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids man has been given life in prison for killing a Waterloo resident.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1Q4HtZv ) that 26-year-old James Ernst II didn’t comment as Judge Andrea Dryer sentenced him Monday in Black Hawk County District Court. On Feb. 26 a jury convicted Ernst of first-degree murder.

Authorities say Ernst fatally shot 23-year-old Orintheo Campbell Jr. in December 2014 following a fight that escalated in a convenience store parking lot. During the trial Ernst testified that he fired because Campbell had punched him and reached for his waistband. Ernst said he assumed Campbell was reaching for a weapon. Authorities say Campbell was unarmed.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com



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