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(AP) A deer poacher has been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of the Pennsylvania game warden who pulled him over.

The jury deliberated for less than hour Tuesday before delivering the verdict against Christopher Johnson. Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.

Defense attorneys had acknowledged Johnson fatally shot Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove. But they had argued for third-degree murder, saying Johnson was too drunk to form the intent to kill.

Investigators say Johnson poached a deer before Grove pulled him over near Gettysburg in November 2010. A passenger testified that Johnson vowed he wouldn't go back to prison before the shootout that left Grove dead and Johnson wounded.

He was the first Pennsylvania game warden killed in the line of duty in 95 years.

Associated Press
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