TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed the felony murder conviction and life imprisonment of Terral Breedlove on Friday following a retrial.
Breedlove was initially convicted of murder in 1997 for shooting 68-year-old Cuban immigrant Rigoberto Garcia behind the Checkers grocery store on East Pawnee in August 1995.
Breedlove was 17 when he shot Garcia. Garcia, who was a month away from becoming a U.S. citizen, died two days later.
A jury convicted Breedlove of murder in 1997, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison. But the conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2008 because he was not charged in juvenile court, as he should have been.
In 2009, a Sedgwick County jury found Breedlove guilty again.
He appealed the case to the Supreme Court, which unanimously affirmed the conviction.