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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.

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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 12:42 p.m.

A Westmoreland County judge sentenced a 36-year-old Arnold man to life in prison on Thursday for killing another man in New Kensington two years ago.

Raymond Javier “Rico” Rivera, 34, a barber who lived in 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, also of New Kensington on Oct. 20, 2011. The shooting occurred in front of the Family Dollar Store in Central City Plaza, New Kensington.

Westmoreland County Judge Rita D. Hathaway handed down the sentence, which carries no allowance for parole, this morning.

Evans was shot twice in a dispute involving a woman. In a five-day trial last August, Rivera testified he shot in self-defense, as he feared Evans.

A jury deliberated for 6½ hours on Aug. 16 before convicting Rivera of first-degree murder for killing Evans and attempted murder for shooting Young.

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