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Judge sentences man to 2 life sentences in store shooting

February 17, 2021 GMT

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia man has been convicted and given two life sentences in the 2018 killing of a convenience store owner.

Tift County Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross convicted Caleb Day of malice murder, felony murder and armed robbery following a bench trial in December. WALB-TV reports that she sentenced Day on Tuesday.

Cross found that Day shot and killed Oscar Perveez, an Eldorado convenience store owner in 2018.

District Attorney Bryce Johnson said Cross sentenced Day to life in prison on the malice murder count, with a second life sentence on the armed robbery beginning after that.

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A previous district attorney agreed to stop seeking the death penalty for Day in exchange for the defense agreeing to a bench trial in front of Cross.