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ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Margaret M. Neill gave Jason L. Hughley, 32, a life sentence of 30 years in the June 10, 2007, killing of Shaneka Spraggins.

Spraggins was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting in the 3800 block of St. Louis Avenue. Police say she was an unintended target of a retaliatory shooting among gang members. Spraggins was on the porch of a friend's house when shots were fired from a passing Toyota Avalon.

Hughley was originally charged in 2014 with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and shooting from a vehicle after witnesses identified Hughley as the shooter. After a three-day trial last month, a jury returned a guilty verdict on charges of second-degree murder.

Hughley's criminal history includes convictions of burglary, receiving stolen property, drug possession and stealing. Court records say he has been in prison since 2011 for several burglary convictions.

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