Created: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:16:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:53:43 EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Mecklenburg County jury took 20 minutes to convict a man in a 2009 shooting death.
The Charlotte Observer reports Warren Jae Avery was found guilty on Monday of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Palo Childress.
Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans sentenced Avery to life in prison without the possibility of parole, as well as an additional 140 to 177 months.
In August 2009, Avery fatally shot Childress in Charlotte after Marco Davis, a gang leader, ordered that Childress be killed. In February, a jury convicted Davis of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
Two other co-defendants have previously pleaded guilty in connection with the case.