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Ohio jury convicts man of killing rapper's friend

    CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati man has been found guilty of murder in the shooting death of a member of rapper T.I.'s entourage.

 Jurors in Cincinnati on Wednesday found Hosea Thomas guilty of murdering T.I.'s friend and assistant, 26-year-old Philant Johnson. They also convicted Thomas of felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a felony conviction.

 T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, testified last week in Thomas' trial. The rapper told jurors that he believes the bullets fired at his entourage during the gun battle two years ago in Cincinnati were meant for him. He wasn't injured.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper was in Cincinnati that night to perform. Thomas could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison.

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