ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen-ager was sentenced Friday to 47 years in prison for murdering his best friend two years ago.
Jason Carlson, 19, had faced up to 99 years in prison. He was convicted in Superior Court in April of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old George Featherly, who was shot once in the head at point-blank range.
It was the second trial for Carlson. Last September, a jury acquitted him of first-degree murder, but deadlocked on the second-degree murder charge after four days of deliberations.
That first jury did find Carlson guilty of four counts of tampering with evidence and of illegal possession of a handgun.
Carlson told authorities several versions of how Featherly was shot. He said another unidentified person did it during a robbery attempt, and he also said he did it himself by accident.
Featherly's body was found slumped behind the steering wheel of his idling car on a south Anchorage street on Sept. 24, 1998.
Carlson will be eligible for parole in about 16 years.
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