Alton man convicted in cousin's shooting death prosecutors say involved a dispute over a woman

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EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois — An Alton man faces up to 85 years in prison after being convicted in the shooting death of his cousin.

A Madison County jury found 24-year-old Damond Riddlespriger guilty Thursday night of first-degree murder but failed to return a verdict on a related armed robbery count.

Authorities say Riddlespriger shot 22-year-old Marlon Poindexter in the back of the head in July 2011 because he was angry about a woman they both dated.

Prosecutors said Riddlespriger was seated behind Poindexter in a car when the shooting took place.

Riddlespriger had testified earlier Thursday that his grandfather and other witnesses lied during the trial.

The murder conviction is punishable by up to 60 years in prison. And because a firearm was involved, Riddlespriger is eligible for an additional 25-year sentence.

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