A man convicted of participating in a drug-related killing was sentenced to four years in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Scott Rash sentenced Julian Zepeda, 26, Thursday for his role in the 2011 shooting death of Javier Bejarano, 22.

Zepeda and two other men were accused of killing Bejarano in a drug deal gone bad. Court documents said the men arranged to meet a buyer who wanted 4 pounds of marijuana, instead Bejarano showed up and tried to steal the drug.

Zepeda then shot and killed Bejarano in the fight.

Zepeda pleaded guilty in June to negligent homicide and conspiracy to transport for sale more than 2 pounds of marijuana.

After the prison term, Zepeda will serve seven years’ probation.

— Patrick McNamara

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