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Man convicted in 1990 killing of an Arizona imam

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A man has been convicted of killing an Arizona imam over his religious teachings more than two decades ago.

Pima County prosecutors say 52-year-old Glen Francis was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the January 1990 death of Dr. Rashad Khalifa.

Francis faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 28.

He was accused of stabbing the 54-year-old Khalifa nearly 30 times at the Masjid of Tucson.

Francis wasn't arrested in the case until April 2009 when he was located in Canada living under an assumed name. A Canadian court didn't clear him for extradition until 2010.

Tucson police say Francis was named a suspect after the FBI matched his fingerprints and DNA to the victim.

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