19-Year-Old Convicted of Murder; Faces Death Penalty

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 19-year-old Cleveland man has been convicted of killing a deli owner who was shot three times when he tried to take the suspect's gun during a robbery.

Jordan Clark could receive the death penalty or life in prison for killing 48-year-old Antonios "Tony" Elbkessini in May 2005.

The sentencing phase of his trial begins Friday in Cuyahoga County. He was convicted yesterday.

Clark originally pleaded guilty and agreed to a sentence of 33 years to life. But prosecutors asked a judge to vacate his plea deal when he refused to testify against a co-defendant who was accused of planning the robbery.

Without Clark's testimony, 20-year-old Bruce Farmer was acquitted. He's serving a seven-year sentence for an armed robbery committed weeks before the shooting at Tony's Deli.