Man gets life in prison for fatal shooting during robbery

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 31-year-old man convicted in a deadly robbery at a Columbus drug house has been sentenced to life in prison.

31-year-old Raphael Person was ordered on Monday to serve the sentence with no chance of parole for 41 years.

He was convicted last week of murder, aggravated robbery and related offenses for being one of three men who forced their way into Brandon Leonard’s house looking for drugs in May 2012. The 26-year-old was shot and killed during the robbery.

Person was also convicted in October of participating in a Craigslist robbery scheme. Prosecutors say he and three others brought cars, then stole the money back at gunpoint and kept the vehicle. He hasn’t been sentenced in that case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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