LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Corey Conner sentenced to life in prison with parole after jury members convicted him in the shooting death of 23 year old Bobby Jones.
Jones was shot outside the Fiesta Ballroom at Fourth and Martin Luther King Boulevard in December of 2009. Authorities arrested Conner more than a month later in Albuquerque.
"It's sad really both families lost in this situation," mutual friend Jereme Judie said.
Friends of Corey Conner and Bobby Jones felt they had lost twice Thursday.
After about an hour and a half of deliberations the jury members came back with a life sentence.
"On the whole the sentencing doesn't surprise me," Conner's attorney, Jeff Nicholson said.
Conner's friends and family members ran out in tears, as his mother sat and waited for one more chance to hug her son.
Friends say Corey Conner and Bobby Jones were friends when Connor shot Jones outside the Fiesta ballroom in 2009.
"Its really a sad situation being that they knew each other, it just shouldn't have happened. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Judie said.
"Bobby Jones died for a senseless reason and my clients going to prison for the rest of his life and that's also a senseless act," Nicholson said.
But friends of both men hope something will be learned from this.
This is a lesson for a lot of people to learn from, especially young people. That it might seem nice to play with fire power and its easy to pull the trigger but there's a lot behind pulling that trigger, it'll change your life," Judie said.
Conner's attorney, says they will appeal the sentencing.
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