Pa. man sentenced to life term in Craigslist murder case

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.

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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.

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