Pittsburgh man sentenced in killing outside Washington County bar

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A Pittsburgh man convicted of fatally shooting a man outside a Washington County bar last year was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

A jury convicted Henry D. Williams, 30, of first-degree murder in September, and he received the mandatory sentence Tuesday for killing Rensfield Jarvis, 23, outside Pickles Saloon in Washington on May 24, 2012.

Video surveillance at the bar in the 700 block of Ewing Street showed that Jarvis went inside, held out his hand to shake Williams' and Williams refused, Washington County first assistant district attorney Michael D. Lucas said.

Within minutes, the video showed, Williams approached him, Jarvis got up and Williams followed him out of the bar. Outside, Mr. Lucas said, Williams shot Jarvis three times.

"I don't think it's hard to infer from that that A. they had a beef and B. Mr. Williams asked him outside," Mr. Lucas said.

Video outside helped corroborate witness accounts of the shooting, Mr. Lucas said.

At the sentencing hearing, Jarvis' mother said her son would have celebrated a birthday this week.

His public defender said he plans to appeal the conviction, Mr. Lucas said.


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