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Marine convicted of killing fellow Marine in drug-money dispute

December 20, 2011 |  4:57 pm

Christian Carney (L) and Alvin Lovely
A former Camp Pendleton Marine charged with murdering a fellow Marine from the base in a dispute over stolen drug money was convicted Tuesday of murder, authorities said.

Christian William Carney, 25, was a drug dealer who sold cocaine and Ecstasy while stationed at the base and committed the murder because his money had been taken, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Another former Camp Pendleton Marine, Alvin Reed Lovely, 24, is a co-defendant in the case and is scheduled for trial in February.

In May 2008, prosecutors said,  Carney and Lovely drove Marine Stephen Serrano to a secluded area in San Clemente and shot him once in the face and three times in the back. Serrano was 20. His body was discovered by a jogger.

Prosecutors say Serrano had broken into Carney's room and stolen drug money. 

Carney, who was also convicted of criminal threats and attempting to dissuade a witness, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. He faces a maximum sentence of 28 years and eight months to life in state prison, the district attorney's office said.

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Photo:  Christian William Carney (L) and Alvin Reed Lovely. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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