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Alabama man sentenced to life in killing of cousin

December 15, 2021 GMT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man convicted of murder in his cousin’s shooting death two year ago was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole on Wednesday.

Morgan County Circuit Judge Charles Elliott imposed the sentence on Shadeed Abdul Fuqua, 31, of Decatur for the killing of Jarmaine Cardell Jones, news outlets reported.

While Elliott called the killing “infuriating” and devastating to the family of the victim, Fuqua told the court: “I’m not a lost cause.”

“I’m not the person that this paperwork tries to make me out to be,” he said according to the Decatur Daily. The defense requested a 20-year sentence.

Prosecutors said Jones, 27, of North Courtland, was shot 11 times outside an apartment in Decatur in November 2019. Jurors convicted Fuqua in October.