BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A former football player for the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of a nursing student shot during an online sale that went bad.
Carlos Stephens was convicted in April of capital murder in the 2020 shooting death of 20-year-old Destiny Washington.
A judge sentenced the 24-year-old Wednesday.
The shooting happened on UAB’s campus during the sale of $90 AirPods.
Stephens claimed he fired in self-defense after Washington’s boyfriend pulled a gun first.
Washington’s parents stood before the court and delivered an emotional impact statement before the sentence was handed down.