- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in the 2013 murder of a drinking partner but plans to appeal his conviction.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/29omt6b ) reports that 41-year-old Ernest Williams was sentenced Tuesday in Allegheny County in the death of 39-year-old Jermmie Fields.

A jury convicted the Homestead resident in April of first-degree murder and a firearms charge.

Defense attorney Ralph Karsh said Williams planned to appeal his conviction but asked to be removed from the case, since one issue may be whether he had an effective defense.

Authorities said Williams and Fields had been driving from bar to bar and drinking in November 2013 before Williams pulled over and emptied a revolver into the victim.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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