The man convicted of killing a Belle Glade grocer has been sentenced to life in prison.
20-year-old Corey Graham, Jr., was found a guilty of first degree murder, robbery and aggravated assault during a week-long trial in August.
During his trial, defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Jonathan Jones, who was with Graham at the time of the shooting, had forced Graham to carry out the crime.
Attorney David McPherrin said Graham would never have gone into the Alabama Georgia grocery store on January 2, 2012 if it was not for an armed Jones making threats toward Graham.
Jones was acquitted of being an accomplice to Graham in the robbery and shooting.
Graham had once been a standout on the football field at Glades Central High School.
Authorities say Graham was wearing a mask when he robbed 49-year-old Jimmy McMillan's Belle Glade store. The owner was later found lying on the floor. Tips led to Graham's arrest.
Residents said McMillan often gave credit to people without cash and cooked meals for unemployed.
The store was started in the 1940s by McMillan's ancestors.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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