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Former boat captain found guilty in slaying of roommate

LARGO — Riley F. Bryan was found guilty of first-degree murder on Friday in the 2009 shooting death of his roommate. A Pinellas judge then sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Police were called to Bryan's house at 2620 49th St. S in Gulfport on the night of Nov. 7, 2009, after neighbors reported hearing shots. Inside, they found Donald H. Price, 52, shot to death. Police said Bryan shot and killed Price after an argument.

Bryan's defense attorney argued that it was a case of self-defense. Bryan was put on trial earlier this year, but the jury could not reach a verdict.

Bryan, 69, is a former boat captain. He was described in a 1992 St. Petersburg Times article as "A man who has weathered fog, wild seas and searches by Customs agents and the Coast Guard."

Former boat captain found guilty in slaying of roommate 05/27/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 10:46pm]
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