Published: Feb 11, 2011 1:59 AM EST
Updated: Feb 10, 2011 11:00 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A north Florida man faces a possible death sentence after being convicted of killing a U.S. Navy sailor.

A Duval County jury found 30-year-old Deangelo Thomas guilty Thursday of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Thomas mistakenly broke into 40-year-old David Gilbert's Jacksonville apartment last April when he was trying to rob a drug dealer. Thomas fatally shot the chief petty officer in front of his girlfriend and 3-year-old daughter.

The defense acknowledged that Thomas shot Gilbert but argued that the killing was not premeditated. But the jury agreed with prosecutors that Thomas made a conscious decision to fire his pistol eight times.

The same jury will reconvene next week to recommend whether Thomas should get life in prison or the death penalty. A judge will make the final decision.

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