- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for gunning down a rival gang member.

The Ledger (https://goo.gl/QeVjqU) reports that 26-year-old Wesley Booker was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and sentenced immediately after that. A previous trial ended in a hung jury.

Authorities say Booker shot and killed 21-year-old Maurice Knight in February 2015 at a Winter Haven bar. Prosecutors say two rival Lakeland gangs had clashed at Pierre’s Hot Spot. Surveillance video shows Booker taking a swing at Knight, but the crowd scatters when gunshots ring out.

A short time later, witnesses say Knight and his friends were at a nearby gas station, and Booker drove by and shot the other man.

A defense attorney suggested that someone else in Booker’s vehicle was the shooter.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com

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