- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A state appellate court has upheld a New Jersey man’s murder conviction in the fatal shooting of his best friend.

The panel rejected Luis Padilla’s claim that the trial judge made an error in his jury instructions during the Edison man’s 2013 trial for the murder of 25-year-old Kevin Meisnest.

Meisnest was shot five times in his apartment in November 2010.

Padilla argued that the judge should have touched on manslaughter in his instructions. But the appellate court found there was no evidence presented at trial that could have supported a manslaughter verdict in the case.

Padilla received a life sentence and was ordered to serve 50 years before becoming eligible for parole. But the appellate panel said he should be resentenced because state law mandates that he should serve nearly 64 years before becoming eligible for parole.

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