By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Texas jury on Friday sentenced an admitted drug dealer to sixty years in prison for the shotgun slaying of a man in a robbery which netted a grand total of one cent.
The jury also ordered Kenza Triplett, 23, of San Antonio to pay a fine of $9,999.99, the maximum $10,000 fine allowed for murder conviction, minus the penny that was in victim Derek Anderson's pocket when he was killed.
Witnesses testified at Triplett's trial that he arrived at a known crack house on San Antonio's west side in August of 2009, put on a bandanna, charged into a bedroom and pointed the shotgun at Anderson, yelling 'how much money you got (expletive)?'" before killing him with a point blank blast from the shotgun.
Triplett claimed the shooting was an accident. Police called the incident an armed robbery committed during the course of a home invasion.
Anderson's mother testified that her son's pockets contained one penny and a handful of sunflower seeds when he was killed.
(Editing by Greg McCune)