Defendant Ruben Walton, 45, was convicted of second-degree murder following a jury trial in May. He was sentenced Friday by Criminal Court Judge James Lammey.
Witnesses said Walton knocked on the door at a residence in the 4600 block of Sandy Park Drive and that when nephew, Israel Falkner, 25, came to the door, an argument erupted. The victim’s mother tried to separate the men, but Walton pulled a gun and began firing.
Police found Falkner in the front yard, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Stephanie Johnson and Jamie Kidd.