- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A man has been convicted of third-degree murder in the shooting death of a western Pennsylvania tattoo shop owner a year ago.

Jurors in Westmoreland County deliberated for about seven hours before convicting 45-year-old Christopher Patterson on Friday in the death of 43-year-old Kevin Croney in March of last year.

Prosecutors said Patterson shot the New Kensington owner of True Image Tattoo Studio after the pair argued over whether Patterson owed $50 for a tattoo removal session.

Patterson said he fired in self-defense after Croney reached for his gun. Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey of Monroeville said he was disappointed by the verdict.

Ben Fitzgerald-Fye, the victim’s brother-in-law, said he had hoped for a first-degree murder conviction, but he said “after a long struggle, we have found justice.”


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