An Independence man convicted of second-degree murder last month has been sentenced to life in prison, authorities said Friday.

State District Judge Doug Hughes sentenced Joshua Charrier, of Independence, to life in prison Tuesday for the slaying of Kimberly Aleman last year, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux of the state’s 21st Judicial District Court reported in a news release.

Charrier, 31, was convicted by a jury in September of second degree murder for shooting Aleman, 41, Independence on Jan. 12, 2010.

The two had an argument before Charrier shot Aleman, Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies said at the time.

During the trial, Charrier’s attorney, Dough Brown, contended that the shooting was an accident, the news release says.

The jury deliberated for four hours before returning the guilty verdict, the news release says.