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Updated: 05/01/2014 01:27:40PM

Rice guilty of murder, gets life

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Michael W. Rice was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the fatal shooting of Philippe Nahon in 2012.

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Philippe Nahon's mother celebrates with friends and family after a jury found Michael W. Rice guilty of murdering her son at Bentley's Hotel in Osprey.

By DREW WINCHESTER

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SARASOTA COUNTY — It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision that sent Nahon’s friends and family into tears Tuesday at the Sarasota County Justice Center.

The jury, made up of six men and six women, also found Rice, 25, guilty of four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for threatening witnesses to the fatal shooting. Jurors deliberated both Monday and Tuesday before reaching their decision.

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