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Man resentenced to 15 to 30 years in 2013 slaying on western Pennsylvania walking trail


INDIANA, Pennsylvania — One of two men convicted in what authorities called a drug-related slaying on a western Pennsylvania walking trail has been resentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

The Indiana Gazette (http://bit.ly/1JkxkYs ) reports that 35-year-old Gregory Patterson apologized Monday before he was sentenced on a conviction of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Patterson was originally sentenced to life in prison on a second-degree murder conviction in the June 2013 slaying of 46-year-old James Alexander on a trail near Two Lick Creek. Patterson won a new trial and pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count.

His new sentence matches the term imposed in January on co-defendant Christopher Salsgiver, who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder.

Prosecutors said they intended to rob and kill the victim because of dissatisfaction over earlier drug deals.

Information from: The Indiana Gazette, http://www.indianagazette.com

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