- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man convicted in a pair of shooting deaths over a few days three years ago has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

An Allegheny County judge on Wednesday imposed the mandatory life term on 20-year-old Ashanti Montgomery of Pittsburgh in a first-degree murder conviction in the January 2013 death of 16-year-old Deondre Pace.

Montgomery was also convicted of third-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Lou Auer three days later in the courtyard of an East Liberty apartment complex.

Authorities said he told investigators that he shot Pace in a dispute over a gun trade and Auer after he was attacked over a bad drug deal.

Defense attorney Owen Seman, who argued that his client acted in self-defense, said an appeal is planned.

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