NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A 73-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in the shooting death of a former co-worker on his porch near Philadelphia a few days before Christmas.

The (Pottstown) Mercury ( ) reports that Leroy Clark showed no emotion as he was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on a first-degree murder conviction.

Clark pleaded guilty in April to a general homicide charge in the Dec. 23 death of 73-year-old Robert Duncan in Abington Township. He was also sentenced to a consecutive two- to five-year term on a firearms count.

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle had argued for a guilty but mentally ill conviction, saying his client, a former Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, had post-traumatic stress disorder and “snapped.”

Information from: The Mercury,

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