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Former Marine sentenced in slaying of Long Beach man

August 17, 2009 |  6:31 pm

A former Marine was sentenced today to life in prison for the 2007 murder of a Long Beach man.

Anthony Red Vigeant, 22, will not have the possibility of parole while serving his sentence in the slaying of David Pettigrew, authorities said.

Pettigrew, who was also 22,  was shot to death in his apartment in a dispute over drugs, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Vigeant and two fellow Marines, all of whom were stationed at Camp Pendleton, confronted Pettigrew about the drugs. 

The man who did the shooting -- Ramon Hernandez, 25 --  has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and testified against Vigeant and the third Marine, Trevor Glenn Landers, according to the district attorney's office.

Landers, 21,  was also convicted of first-degree murder and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 2.

-- Robert J. Lopez