- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Cheyenne teenager who shot a man in the head at point-blank range has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://goo.gl/IZ9SaR ) 17-year-old Phillip Sam was sentenced Friday for the Oct. 5, 2014, death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns. Sam was convicted in August of first-degree murder and 12 counts of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors say he took a gun to a pre-arranged fight at a park, fired the weapon at a group of his peers and then approached Burns and shot him in the head as he pleaded for his life. Sam’s attorney argued that Sam acted in self-defense.

The earliest Sam could be released on parole would be in 43 years, at age 61.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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