Man Gets Life in Prison for Fatal Drug Shooting

Posted at 10:11 AM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 10:11:00-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Pensacola man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2015 fatal shooting.

The Pensacola News Journal ( reports that a judge sentenced 24-year-old Nicholas Nehring this week after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Police say Nehring initially told investigators that he shot Joseph Ross during a drug deal, thinking Ross tried to pull a gun on him. Nehring later admitted that he had planned to kill Ross because of a contentious history between the men.

Nehring's attorney argued that Nehring had been lying to protect the real killer.