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Milwaukee man convicted of reckless homicide despite claims of self-defense

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Just because you have a concealed weapons' permit does not mean you can use it to kill an unarmed person -- even if you feel threatened.  

That's what a jury in Milwaukee ruled Wednesday, when it convicted 40-year-old Philip Green. The Milwaukee man is scheduled to be sentenced February 27th, after he was found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide while armed.  

Authorities said Green shot 26-year-old Ernest Banks once in the face during a fight in Milwaukee last May 25th.  

Green testified that he was afraid for his life after being assaulted by one of three men he went bar-hopping with. He and his lawyer tried to convince the jury that Green acted in self-defense.  

A prosecutor said Green had fired back in anger, and was not protecting his life at the time.  

The Journal Sentinel cited a case last November in which a concealed weapons permit holder shot two unarmed people outside a house party, killing one and injuring another. In that case, the shooter said he felt threatened because a group has chased him after he fired warning shots. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)