Murder conviction in parking space fight

August 5, 2009 7:08:53 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania man has been convicted of third-degree murder in the shooting death of a neighbor over what authorities say was a long-running parking dispute.

VIDEO: Chad Pradelli's report on the incident from July 2008.

Fifty-eight-year-old Santiago Robles was convicted Tuesday in Berks County Court in the July 2008 death of 65-year-old Herbert Rupp Jr. in Reading. Investigators say both men had handicap placards for their vehicles and often argued about the parking space.

Judge James Bucci rejected defense arguments that the shooting was accidental or self-defense. He says there is no evidence of any threats by Rupp.

Defense attorney Jack McMahon said he was not upset by the verdict because Robles could have been convicted of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Robles remains in the county jail and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Information from: Reading Eagle,