ANCHORAGE (AP) A drug dealer who claimed self-defense in the killing of an Anchorage man was sentenced Friday to nearly 12 years in prison.
Miguel Orellana, 18, was originally charged in state court with murder but pleaded guilty in April to three lesser federal charges.
U.S. District Judge James Singleton ordered Orellana to serve 141 months in federal prison for firing a gun in connection with a drug deal, dealing marijuana and having a handgun while being an unlawful marijuana user.
Orellana shot Dustin Lloyd, 18, three times in the stairwell of the J.C. Penney on Oct. 10.
According to an Anchorage police affidavit, Lloyd and two other people went to the garage intending to rob Orellana.
Orellana gave Lloyd an eighth of an ounce of marijuana and then Lloyd hit Orellana in the head, the affidavit said. Lloyd put the defendant in a headlock.
Mike Dieni, an assistant federal public defender, said Orellana shot Lloyd out of self defense.
''It was a tragedy,'' Dieni said. ''On the other hand, when you mix guns and drugs, there's a price to pay.''
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