EUGENE, Ore. — An Oregon man has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder.

The Register-Guard reports that 31-year-old Timothy Micheal Green was convicted on Tuesday in the May 2017 death of 36-year-old Steven Ray Burton.

Green’s attorney asked jurors to find his client guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, arguing that Green’s decision to shoot Burton was reckless, rather than intentional.

But prosecutor JoAnn Miller argued that murder was the appropriate charge. She said evidence showed Green had acted intentionally when he used a 9mm pistol to shoot Burton in the chest.

Miller said trial evidence showed that Green had used methamphetamine before killing Burton.

Information from: The Register-Guard,

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