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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder at Zanesville Burger King

ZANESVILLE (Ken Hines/AP) -- A man sentenced to life in prison after allegedly committing a murder inside a central Ohio Burger King has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Timothy Daniel was convicted in January of shooting Charles Hooper, 61, in the head at the Zanesville restaurant in October, 2013 during an altercation between Daniel and his ex-girlfriend in which Hooper intervened.

Daniel was convicted of Hooper's murder after defending himself during his trial. Another ex-girlfriend, Heidi McGilton, initially planned to testify on Daniel's behalf, but instead told investigators Daniels had hatched a plan to offer drugs to witnesses in exchange for false testimony.

McGilton's change of course occurred after she was arrested on drug charges hours before she was due to testify. Prosecutors dropped those charges after McGilton turned on Daniel.

Before McGilton's arrest, Daniel allegedly planned to tell jurors that Hooper, 62, was involved in a relationship with Daniel's ex-girlfriend when he was killed. The phony story was intended to paint the shooting as an act of self-defense, according to investigators.

AP contributed to this report.
 
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