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Arnold man gets life in prison for 2011 New Ken murder

| Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 12:54 p.m.
Raymond 'Rico' Rivera of Arnold was convicted of fatally shooting John L. Evans in New Kensington in October 2011. Rivera was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

A 36-year-old Arnold man on Thursday was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing another man in New Kensington two years ago, court officials said.

Raymond Javier “Rico” Rivera, 34, a barber who had lived along the 1300 block of Fifth Avenue, was convicted last summer of fatally shooting 37-year-old John L. Evans and wounding Willie J. Young, 42, of New Kensington on Oct. 20, 2011 in front of the Family Dollar Store in Central City Plaza, New Kensington.

Evans was shot twice in a dispute involving a woman.

In a 5-day trial last August, Rivera testified he shot in self-defense and that he was afraid of Evans, who had lived in New York before moving to New Kensington.

After deliberating for 6½ hours, a jury on Aug. 16 convicted Rivera of first-degree murder for killing Evans and attempted murder for shooting Willie Young, 42, of New Kensington. Young was hit by two bullets.

Rivera was sentenced Friday by Westmoreland County Judge Judge Rita D. Hathaway.

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