WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A District of Columbia man has been convicted of killing another man after an argument that began during a dice game.

A Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Rickey Pharr guilty of first-degree premeditated murder while armed. He faces a minimum of 35 years in prison at his sentencing in April.

Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Pharr shot Angelo Jones repeatedly in October 2010 in a parking lot in the 5300 block of Dix Street NE. The two got into an argument after Pharr accused Jones of being a government informant. Pharr left the area and returned with a gun, shooting Jones a half dozen times in the back as he tried to walk away.

Prosecutors say Pharr then enlisted his friends to provide false alibis to the police and to his lawyer after he told them he killed a man.

Curtis Patterson of Washington, D.C. was also charged. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial on April 9.

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