MARTIN

A Golden Valley man has been convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor. The jury spent only 20 minutes deliberating before returning the guilty verdict in the case against 64-year-old Philip Martin on June 30.

Martin claimed self defense in the shooting death of 55-year-old Steven Schwartz nearly four years ago.

Martin was convicted of second degree murder in his first trial, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison before the case was overturned on appeal. The first degree murder conviction in this second trial dictates that Martin will be given a natural life prison term when sentenced August 1.

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