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MERCER, Pa. - One of two suspects in the shooting death of a Farrell tavern owner has been sentenced to life in prison.

A judge in Mercer County Court  handed down two life sentences to 20-year-old Joshua Lee Stewart on Thursday. The life sentences will be served concurrently.

Stewart and an alleged accomplice were charged with robbing Basilone's restaurant and bar, then gunning down the owner 58 year-old William "Bill" Basilone in January of last year.

Following three days of trial, and two hours of deliberations earlier this month, a jury found Stewart guilty of first and second degree murder, as well as two counts each of robbery and conspiracy.

Stewart rejected several opportunities to address the family of the victim in court on Thursday. 

Stewart had completed juvenile probation just two days before he murdered Basilone.

Stewart told the judge, "I don't see this bad guy I supposedly am." He refused to admit to the robbery or the murder.

He also now faces a federal indictment for robbery.

The alleged accomplice, 19 year-old Devine Campbell, has yet to go on trial.

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