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Connecticut man convicted of manslaughter in 2014 slaying

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DANBURY -

A Connecticut man has been convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of another man in downtown Danbury three years ago.

Garfield Sanderson, 23, of Bridgeport, was found guilty Friday of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in the May 2014 death of Jeiel Kingston. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

Sanderson was acquitted of murder.

Authorities say the shooting happened after Sanderson and Kingston, both members of rival gangs, got into a fight inside a nightclub.

Sanderson testified that the 23-year-old Kingston and another man approached him and he saw Kingston reach for an object he assumed to be a gun. Sanderson's attorney argued his client acted in self-defense.

Authorities have said no weapon was found on Kingston.

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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