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Jury returns guilty verdict in murder of St. Pete teen

LARGO — A jury convicted a St. Petersburg man of second-degree murder on Thursday in the shooting death of a teenager three years ago.

Tyree Gland was responsible for the killing of Deandre Brown, the jury decided. A judge sentenced him to life in prison.

It was the second time Gland, 20, had faced a jury for the death of Brown, who was 15 when he was gunned down in a drive by shooting in March 2007 in St. Petersburg.

Gland was convicted of the same charge last year but won a new trial after it was discovered that a witness for the prosecution had fabricated evidence in a Hillsborough County case.

Gland was 17 at the time of the shooting. Authorities said he fired a gun into a group of teenagers on 15th Avenue S after a birthday party got out of control.

Brown was an innocent bystander, authorities said.

Jury returns guilty verdict in murder of St. Pete teen 06/24/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 8:13pm]
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