Man gets life in prison for 2011 murder

33-year-old bought rabbit food from victim thinking it was marijuana

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Theodore Moss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 33-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced this week to two life terms without the possibility of parole for the 2011 murder of another man.

Theodore Moss was convicted in February on charges of first-degree murder and armed burglary with assault or battery in the death of Japheth-Emanuel Bell.

In April 2011, Moss and two co-defendants drove to the Oaks at Mill Creek Apartments on Monument Road. Moss and his co-defendants pulled into the parking lot and parked their car. Moss then got out of the vehicle and walked over to a nearby car, where Bell was sitting in the front seat.

Moss pistol-whipped Bell and then shot the 22-year-old in the head.

The shooting stemmed from a drug deal that happened earlier in the day. Moss purchased marijuana from Bell hours before the shooting and later discovered the marijuana was actually rabbit food.

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