Wyoming man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in shooting death

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a 78-year-old Wyoming man of second-degree murder for shooting and killing another man following an argument.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Charles Richmond, of Cheyenne, was found guilty in Laramie County on Thursday in the Dec. 5 death of 41-year-old John Paul Birgenheier.

Prosecutors say Richmond had time to think about and plan the killing after the men's argument became physical.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Brian Quinn told jurors Richmond went to Birgenheier's camper to tell him to get off his property and brought his shotgun for protection. Quinn said Birgenheier — who was under the influence of meth — charged Richmond, prompting the gunfire.

Richmond, who shot Birgenheier three times with a shotgun, was facing a first-degree murder charge.