Baltimore man guilty of first-degree murder

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday for killing a man he argued with at a party in February 2012, Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a news release. 

Antwain Eccles, 33, was also convicted of use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

Prosecutors said the victim was nearing his home on Feb. 12, 2012 following a party when Eccles, surrounded by friends, approached him in the rear alley in the 5900 block of Laclede Road.

Eccles and the victim had a dispute at the party, and Eccles continued the argument.

He drew a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at the victim, but Eccles's friends were able to calm him down. He put the gun away, and his friends left the alley.

But Eccles remained. Though one of his friends returned to try to get him to leave, Eccles shot the victim seven times at close range, including once in the face.

His sentencing is scheduled for May 14. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, plus 20 years. 

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