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A man may live his life behind bars for killing a childhood friend of T.I.

A Cincinnati jury has found Hosea Thomas guilty of the May 2006 nightclub shooting that claimed the life of Philant Johnson, a friend and assistant to the Grammy-winning rapper.

T.I., who witnessed the shooting but wasn't injured, testified last week that he believes the bullets were intended for him. The "Live Your Life" rapper and his entourage were hosting a post-concert bash in Ohio when gunfire erupted.

Thomas, 34, was also convicted of felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a felony conviction. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 23.