Miami Teen Gets 30 Years for Killing Over Mom's Stolen Rifle

A Miami teen has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the slaying of a man he believed had stolen his mother's rifle.

The Miami Herald reports that the 17-year-old boy was sentenced last week. He was convicted last fall of second-degree murder.

Authorities say 24-year-old Lonnie Reese was gunned down in broad daylight in September 2014. Investigators say the teen and his now-18-year-old brother followed Reese from a store in Miami's Brownsville neighborhood because they believed he had stolen their mother's AK-47 from her car.

A witness testified that the younger brother spurred the older brother to kill Reese, but Florida law allows for the younger brother to also be charged in the slaying.

The older brother is still awaiting trial for first-degree murder.

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