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Twice-convicted murderer convicted again for killing teen

A 41-year-old Baltimore man was convicted Tuesday afternoon of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy — a crime that occurred just months after his release from prison for two other murders.

A city jury convicted David Thornton of second-degree murder and openly carrying a deadly weapon in the March 8, 2014, killing of Jawan Henry, which occurred in the 2600 block of Mura St. Prosecutors said the two had argued over $10 owed to Henry by Thornton's girlfriend for doing chores.

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Thornton was originally charged with first-degree murder. He faces a maximum penalty of 33 years for second-degree murder and the weapons charge.

In 2006, Thornton was sentenced to eight years in prison for two killings. Both the prosecutor and Thornton's defense attorney at the time agreed the cases were rife with challenges, and said that while the eight-year sentence was light, "maybe he can't kill anyone … while he is in prison."

Henry was fatally stabbed three months after Thornton's release.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement: "It is unfathomable that $10 could lead to the death of an innocent 17-year-old boy."

Prosecutors said Thornton will be sentenced on Nov. 3.

An earlier version incorrectly stated the manner in which Thornton was released.

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