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Man sentenced to life in Oakwood Mall slaying

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man who fatally shot another man inside a New Orleans mall on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2ryCfkD) Judge Lee Faulkner handed down the mandatory sentence to 28-year-old Gary Francois on Thursday.

He was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old James "Popeye" Vaughn on March 23, after a jury rejected his insanity defense.

Prosecutors say Francois shot the man moments after finishing a purchase at a Footlocker inside Oakwood Center Mall in 2014. Francois shot the victim in the head, hand and back.

Vaughn was pronounced dead at the scene. Francois was arrested in a nearby neighborhood, where he was hiding in the bushes.

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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