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Man gets life in Ohio football star's killing

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Akron man has been sentenced to life in prison in the killing of a former high school football star during a robbery last summer.

A Summit County Common Pleas Court judge handed down the sentence to 26-year-old Tony Deon Gray Jr. on Friday, even though he didn't pull the trigger.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Gray could have avoided the life sentence had he not rejected a plea deal that would have guaranteed his release from prison in as few as 10 years.

Former Ellet High School football star Paris Wicks II was fatally shot behind a store in August when he tried to help a friend who was being robbed.

Prosecutors convinced jurors that Gray was complicit in the murder by helping the shooter get away.

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