A former Texas middle school teacher has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 shooting deaths of two neighbors.
A jury in Fort Worth spent less than a half-hour deliberating Thursday before finding 37-year-old Cary Heath guilty of capital murder .
Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty so his conviction automatically drew the life term.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram cites an arrest warrant in reporting that Heath and the two victims had a "friendly and cordial" conversation during a Halloween party attended by other neighbors in Fort Worth. Police say Heath later left and returned with the rifle.
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It's not clear why Heath fired on the men but prosecutor Page Simpson says, "The worst thing these two victims did was go over and shake their neighbor's hand."