A suburban Philadelphia man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man authorities said was killed after answering an ad on a social media site for sale of an all-terrain vehicle.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Philadelphia jurors deliberated about five hours before convicting 25-year-old Thomas Coffee of Willow Grove on Tuesday.
Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson immediately sentenced Coffee to the mandatory life term in the June 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Daniel Cooke of Williamstown, New Jersey.
He also imposed a consecutive 50- to 100-year term for three other armed robberies, two also involving Craigslist ads.
Coffee testified in his own defense that he was innocent and another man was the killer. Defense attorney Evan Hughes said an appeal was planned.