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Mississippi man convicted in Memphis pastor's shooting death
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Mississippi man has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a Memphis minister.

The Shelby County district attorney's office said 25-year-old Roger Reed Jr. was convicted Friday of first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in the death of 57-year-old Don A. Smith. Reed is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 22 on the robbery conviction.

Authorities say Smith was a pastor at Prospect Park Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis. He was found shot to death in November 2014.

Investigators say Reed, of Greenville, Mississippi, and a woman got into Smith's car after an agreement was reached for a sexual transaction. Reed then shot Smith in the head, and took his watch and $40.

The pair was arrested in Greenville four days later.