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Man convicted of killing Missouri student

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City, Kan., man has been convicted for the second time of killing a University of Missouri student in 2003.

A Johnson County jury on Thursday convicted 26-year-old Taron Crawford of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of 20-year-old Charley Blondis.

Prosecutors said Crawford fired a handgun outside a party on Nov. 16, 2003, and a shot hit Blondis in the heart.

Crawford will be sentenced Aug. 17.

Crawford was convicted in Blondis' death in November 2004 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. That conviction was vacated after a judge ruled that Crawford's trial attorney had been ineffective.

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