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RI man sentenced to double-life for killing barber

June 10, 2021 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has sentenced a Providence man to serve double life sentences in the 2014 death of an East Providence barber.

Thomas Mosley was sentenced Wednesday in the death of 42-year-old Yusef A’Vant, the Providence Journal reported.

Judge Robert Krause called Mosley an incorrigible recidivist at sentencing and said that he was convinced that he entered the barbershop intending to cause harm.

Mosley was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder and a mandatory consecutive life sentence for discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence. The judge tacked on additional years of imprisonment for possession of a gun without a license and other offenses.

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Mosley was tried twice in A’Vant’s death. A jury found Mosely guilty of obstruction of justice in November 2019 for asking a witness to lie and possession of a gun without a license. The jury failed to reach a verdict on the murder, conspiracy and firearms charges and the trial was declared a mistrial.

In the second trial, jurors acquitted Mosley of conspiracy and first-degree murder.

George West, who represented Mosley, indicated that he will appeal the sentence.