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Pittsburgh man gets life, plus 30 to 60 years, for killing outside bar, party bus slaying


PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced to life plus 30 to 60 years in prison for two murder convictions earlier this year.

Twenty-year-old James Lawrence was sentenced Wednesday by an Allegheny County judge for killing 28-year-old Tiona Jackson and wounding a man as they left a bar in February 2013. He was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges earlier this month.

Jackson was a mother of six. Another man, 24-year-old Dorian Peebles, was also charged in the shooting and will stand trial later this year.

In March, Lawrence was convicted of third-degree murder in the shooting of 21-year-old Steven Lee Jr. Lee was pulled off a party bus and fatally shot a month after Jackson' s shooting.

Lawrence was also charged with perjury Wednesday for testimony in the Lee trial, and is awaiting trial on unrelated drug charges.

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