- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been convicted of second-degree murder for shooting a National Guardsman from Connecticut who was enjoying a night out before being deployed to Iraq.

The Republican newspaper (https://bit.ly/2nI5zI8 ) reports that 32-year-old Michael Rodriguez, of Holyoke, was convicted Wednesday of killing Julian Cartie in February 2009 in Springfield.

Rodriguez faces sentencing next week.

Prosecutors say the 25-year-old Cartie and friends were headed to a restaurant after the clubs closed when they got into a confrontation with Rodriguez, who felt disrespected because Cartie’s friend yelled to the women in Rodriguez’s car.

Cartie was a former high school football star in New Britain, Connecticut.

Rodriguez’s lawyer said Cartie was drunk and aggressive and the shooting was in self-defense.

The shooting remained unsolved until a tip led to Rodriguez’s arrest in 2014.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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