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South Florida man guilty in fatal attempted robbery; faces life in prison

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A South Florida man has been convicted of killing a man a wounding a woman during an attempted home invasion robbery.

A Palm Beach County jury found 33-year-old Fares Mustafa guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He faces a possible life sentence.

Authorities say Mustafa broke into a Jupiter home in June 2010 and fatally shot John Anderson. He then shot Anderson's girlfriend, Katie Coonrod, three times and left her for dead.

Mustafa was later arrested in South Carolina. He told police that a friend had set him up to rob Anderson, claiming the man had a stash of prescription drugs and up to $100,000 in the house.

The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/uwYSE8 ) reports that Mustafa's attorney tried to turn the blame toward a man who had been sleeping in Anderson's living room at the time of the shooting.


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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