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Man gets life sentence for murder

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man was sentenced on Monday to life in prison in the 1990 killing of an 11-year-old boy.

Eugene Fort maintained his innocence on Monday. "These people are wrong, man," Fort said. "I’ll take a lie detector test, anything to prove to y’all I ain’t did nothing."

In May, a jury convicted Fort on first-degree murder charges for the stabbing death of Marcus Potts. The boy was stabbed more than 44 times in his home in Minneapolis, apparently after interrupting a burglary.

The boy’s mother found his body when she returned from work.

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Fort’s attorney had asked for a retrial, contending another man confessed the killing to other inmates. But a Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam determined the inmates weren’t credible.

The boy’s mother, Verona "Cricket" Potts, sat in the front row throughout the trial.

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