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Alexander given life sentence for murder
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Mazzetti Alexander was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole Wednesday night after he was convicted of the murder of Tiffany Nicole Davis.

Assistant District Attorney Layla Hinton said Alexander will spend at least 30 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

"We are very pleased with the outcome." Hinton said. "And I know the victim's family is as well."

Alexander was convicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Hinton said he will also serve 5-years concurrent with his life sentence for the other charges.

 The verdict came two days after Judge Eugene Benton sentenced murderer Lanny Barnes to life without parole.

Alexander, 24, murdered 22-year-old Davis in Dec. 2006. Davis died outside her friend Nia Furman's mother's house on Syracuse Lane after being shot with a .380 caliber pistol.

In closing arguments Wednesday, Alexander's attorney Assistant Public Defender Teri Smith once again told the jury her client acted in self defense.

"This case comes down to fear," she said. "This was a big woman, with a big personality, with a big gripe against Mazzetti Alexander."

The defendant previously testified he shot the victim because he thought she was about to draw a weapon on him. According to testimony from several witnesses, Davis approached Alexander with her hands behind her back before shoving her left finger in his face and yelling "Do you have a problem?"

While on the stand Tuesday, Alexander testified he saw Davis bend over in the car to pick up a weapon before approaching him in the yard. When she was shot, Davis did not have a weapon in her possession.

Hinton said Alexander's defense was offensive in the way it described the victim. She also scoffed at the idea Alexander would be afraid of Davis.

Alexander previously testified that carrying the gun was an occupational hazard of working as a rap producer. Hinton said if he could handle the "big, bad rappers," he could handle an angry young woman.

"He was not afraid for his life," Hinton said. "He is lying. It's bull."

Smith disagreed, saying the state's witnesses, along with Alexander's testimony, proved her case.

"The state's own case makes my case for self-defense," Smith said. "He was right to be afraid. He was reasonable to be afraid. This was a tragic situation, but what this is about is why did this happen?"

Hinton countered that argument by suggesting Alexander killed Davis because he was jealous of Davis' relationship with Furman, his former girlfriend.

"It boils down to the fact that Mazzetti wanted his way," she told the jury. "This happened because he put the chain of events in motion. He committed cold-blooded murder."

Hinton concluded that the murder was not only tragic, but also senseless.

The jury deliberated all afternoon and into the night before unanimously deciding on to convict Alexander on all counts.