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Man Convicted Again in Fatal Christmas Eve Shooting at Boynton Beach Mall

A South Florida man has been convicted once again for a fatal Christmas Eve shooting inside the Boynton Beach Mall.

The Palm Beach Post reports that jurors found Wilson Pierre Jr. guilty Thursday of second-degree murder. Pierre was previously convicted of the same charge and sentenced to 40 years in prison. His new sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

An appellate court ruled in 2014 that Pierre should get a new trial in the 2006 killing of 24-year-old Berno Charlemond while the mall was crowded with thousands of holiday shoppers. Prosecutors said the mall shooting was related to a feud between two Haitian-American gangs.

The court ruled that Pierre's attorney in an earlier appeal was ineffective, especially regarding a contradiction in the jury instructions. Pierre's second-degree murder conviction was vacated, and a new trial was ordered.

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