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A  27-year-old Detroit gas station clerk was convicted of second-degree murder and weapons violations in last year's deadly shooting of a customer.

Rami Ali Jaber was convicted following a three-day jury trial before Wayne County Circuit Judge Regina Thomas. Jurors deliberated Thursday and returned their verdict the same day on the lesser murder and felony firearms charges.

Jaber had been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a customer at the Citgo gas station on West McNichols near the Southfield Freeway in May 2018.

The 34-year-old male victim approached the counter to buy something when a disturbance occurred between Jaber and the customer, 34-year-old Derek Leon Roberts, police said. Jaber came from behind the protective area of the gas station May 13, 2018 and shot Roberts to death, police said.

 Jaber was arrested at the scene.

Roberts died as a result of a gunshot to the chest, according to an autopsy by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Jaber, a Dearborn Heights resident, faces a mandatory two years behind bars on the felony firearm conviction and up to life in prison for the second-degree murder conviction. 

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

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