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DENTON, Texas (AP) A Dallas man has been convicted of capital murder in the 2009 shooting death of former North Texas football player Germaine Lance Dawson.

Lewisville police say 18-year-old Ryan Trenard Harrison was convicted Tuesday in state district court in Denton County. Harrison automatically received a life sentence because prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty. He will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

Dawson's body was found in a vehicle along a freeway frontage road in Lewisville, a suburb of Dallas. Police say he had been shot multiple times. Harrison was arrested days later.

Dawson played four years for North Texas from 2005-08 as a defensive back and linebacker. He was from Rockdale, near Austin.

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