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minneapolis man gets life in prison for 2016 murder during robbery

a 29-year-old minneapolis man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2016 murder committed during a robbery, hennepin county attorney mike freeman said friday.it took a jury less than two hours to convict derrick smith of first-degree murder in the death of richard ambers, 31. smith will be sentenced jan. 17 to life with a chance of parole.on the morning of oct. 29, 2016, ambers was found dead in his car’s driver’s seat with two gunshot wounds to his head, according to the criminal complaint and testimony in an eight-day trial.earlier that morning, ambers was in a superamerica station with smith, and ayan wahab, 23, and tyrel patterson, 28, according to the county attorney’s office. ambers was trying to sell marijuana.smith asked wahab to buddy up with ambers so they could rob him, the charges say.ambers and wahab parked the car in the same spot where ambers was later found. wahab went into the home of brandy lee jacques and spoke with smith and jacques about how to rob ambers.wahab went back to the car and sat with ambers until patterson tapped on the car window, according to the charges.wahab left the car. soon after, she heard three gunshots, the complaint said.patterson’s trial on first-degree murder charges in the case is set to begin april 16. wahab and jacques have already pleaded guilty to aiding an offender, accomplice after the fact.smith, patterson and jacques also were charged in the nov. 23, 2016 killing of drug dealer james herron at his home in prio...