Man convicted in 2010 slaying of Taunton teen

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A former Taunton man has been convicted of second-degree murder for his role in the 2010 stabbing death of a teenager.

Twenty-seven-year-old Erving Cruz was convicted Monday in Fall River Superior Court and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Prosecutors said 17-year-old Tigan Hollingsworth of Taunton was stabbed 13 times after he was chased from a city convenience store in June 2010 during an ongoing dispute with another teen.

Prosecutors charged Cruz with murder under the joint venture theory, alleging Cruz was one of two men who kicked and punched Hollingsworth to the ground before someone else stabbed him.

Cruz's lawyer said his client never intended for Hollingsworth to die.

Two brothers, including one who allegedly stabbed the teen, await trial.