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Man gets life term for fatal shooting he blamed on twin

June 25, 2020 GMT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man convicted of murder for a fatal shooting that he said was committed by his now-deceased twin brother has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Darrelle Tolbert-McGhee, 31, of Penn Hills, also received a five-to-10 year term for a related weapons offense. He had been convicted in January by a Westmoreland County in the April 2017 slaying of Michael Wilson, 32, in downtown Jeannette.

Tolbert-McGhee did not speak during the sentencing hearing Wednesday. His lawyer, Tim Dawson said his client maintains his innocence and will appeal the convictions.

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During the trial, Dawson said his client was in Florida at the time of the slaying. Tolbert-McGhee has said the shooter was his twin brother, Dwayne, who was killed in a shooting 13 months later in Wilkinsburg.

Prosecutors argued that evidence from eyewitnesses identified the defendant as the shooter and his identity was not in question.

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