AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge sentenced an ex-convict to life in prison for fatally shooting a nightclub patron after bragging that he was going to kill someone.
Visiting Judge Thomas Patrick Curran sentenced Glenn Robinson, 32, of Akron, on Thursday to life in prison without parole eligibility for 38 years.
Robinson, who declined the judge's offer to speak before the sentencing, yelled an expletive after the victim's mother called him a coward.
Robinson, who had served nine years for aggravated robbery and drug possession before being released in 2001, was convicted by a jury this week of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and weapons charges.
Prosecutors contended that Robinson pledged to kill someone the night of Dec. 30. They said he walked into a nightclub, asked who wanted to buy him a drink and shot Anthony Thomas, 33, without warning.
Witnesses said Robinson robbed the victim, then went to a bar across the street, flashed a wad of cash and offered to buy drinks for the patrons inside.