Man convicted of 1st-degree murder, gets life term without parole in slaying of romantic rival

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EASTON, Pennsylvania — EASTON, Pennsylvania — A man has been convicted of first-degree murder in eastern Pennsylvania in the stabbing death of a friend who was dating his ex-girlfriend.

Jurors in Northampton County deliberated for about 3½ hours Tuesday before convicting 25-year-old Andrew Hess of Nazareth in the July 2014 death of 36-year-old Richard Parker.

Judge Michael Koury Jr. denied a defense request to delay sentencing and immediately imposed the mandatory life term without possibility of parole.

Hess said he acted in self-defense. He testified that he went to see the victim to hash things out, not to kill, but a struggle began and he was choked until he feared he would pass out. Prosecutors called the case a premeditated murder.

Defense attorney Thomas Joachim said he and his client were disappointed by the verdict.

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