YORK, Pa. (AP) — A reputed crack dealer has been convicted of a third-degree murder charges that he shot a man who complained because he was dissatisfied with the quality of drugs he had been sold.
Thursday’s verdict means 19-year-old Bruce Williams Jr., of York, faces up to 40 years in prison when he returns for sentencing Oct. 16. Prosecutors were hoping for a first- or second-degree murder conviction, both of which carry a mandatory life sentence.
York County prosecutors say 32-year-old Jesse Heverling was gunned down on Nov. 10, 2011, when he went to a crack house on pay day, and argued with Williams about the poor quality of the drugs he bought.
Williams was just 17 at the time but was tried as an adult.
Williams’ defense attorney says he’s “devastated” by the verdict and maintains his innocence.
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