Cape Girardeau man convicted of second-degree murder sentenced to life in prison

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri — A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in a dispute over their mutual love interest.

The Southeast Missourian reports ( ) 37-year-old Steven Williams of Cape Girardeau was sentenced Monday with the possibility of parole. Williams was convicted last month of second-degree murder for killing 38-year-old Darcus Purl in September 2012.

Purl and Williams were both romantically involved with a neighbor, who twice tried to restrain Purl as he approached Williams before the shooting. Williams' public defender says his passion clouded his judgment.

The defender says Williams did not set out to kill Purl.

Information from: Southeast Missourian,

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