A judge has sentenced a Columbia man to life in prison for the 2013 shooting death of 17-year-old Tre'Veon Marshall last summer.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a Boone County judge sentenced 20-year-old Nicholas Thomas yesterday. He was also sentenced to 20 years for armed criminal action and isn't eligible for parole.
Thomas was convicted of first-degree murder in June for the 2013 death of Tre'Veon Marshall. He shot Marshall in a park. Investigators say the murder was in retaliation for the shooting death of a friend of Thomas.
Thomas' attorney had filed for acquittal and a new trial. He said the judge admitted hearsay as evidence. The judge rejected the motion when he sentenced Thomas.
The murder was part of a string of shootings last summer that led to the creation of the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence, and consideration of plans to hire more police officers in Columbia.