- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his childhood friend in February 2012 after she turned down his romantic advances.

Christopher Jackson, of Mattapan, will be eligible for parole after 15 years. He was sentenced Tuesday in Suffolk County Superior Court.

The 29-year-old Jackson was convicted last week of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Keosha Gilmore. He was also convicted of several firearm charges.

Prosecutors say Jackson gunned down Gilmore on Feb. 19, 2012, because she didn’t return romantic feelings for him.

The Mattapan woman was sitting in a parked car on Alabama Street with her longtime boyfriend when Jackson opened fire on the couple. One bullet went through Gilmore’s arm and into her chest, while another struck her in the head.

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