Memphis teen convicted for murder in grocery shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis teenager has been convicted of killing a neighborhood grocer who pulled a shotgun on the teen and two others attempting to rob his store.

Markese Brooks, 19, on Thursday was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted especially aggravated robbery.

Brooks was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 51 years, but he has not yet been sentenced for the attempted robbery charge, District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said in a release.

Brooks was accused of fatally shooting Albert Lee Covington, 53, after Covington pulled a shotgun on Brooks and two others at the Little Star Grocery they tried to rob, police said. Covington died at the scene.

The two other men accused of attempted robbery, Clarence Abernathy and Frank Taylor, both 19, are still awaiting trial.

The three men were 17 at the time of the robbery, but prosecutors have asked for them to be tried as adults.

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