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Man convicted of killing teen gets life in prison

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A man convicted of killing a Detroit teen outside a store has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a case that was connected to a police raid that caused the subsequent death of a 7-year-old girl.

Chauncey Owens spoke defiantly in court after the victim's mother called him a coward. He said, "I'm no coward," and declared his innocence Friday.

Owens was accused of shooting 17-year-old Je'Rean Blake in 2010. During a raid to capture Owens, an officer accidentally shot and killed young Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. A jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict last summer. Coincidentally, Weekley's case was up for review Friday at the same time as Owens' court hearing before it was postponed until March 21.

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