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New Jersey Man Convicted of Manslaughter in British Reality TV Star's Death

  • This undated file photo shows Lavern Paul Ritch, who was one of Britain's most eligible bachelors. Robert Davies, from North Wildwood, N.J., was convicted Feb. 16 after admitting that he killed Ritch more than three years ago.

    This undated file photo shows Lavern Paul Ritch, who was one of Britain's most eligible bachelors. Robert Davies, from North Wildwood, N.J., was convicted Feb. 16 after admitting that he killed Ritch more than three years ago.  (AP2007)

  • In this Aug. 23, 2007 photo, Robert Davies, of North Wildwood, stands in the courtroom of Judge Michael Connor in the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Davies was convicted Feb. 16 of reckless manslaughter and weapons offenses.

    In this Aug. 23, 2007 photo, Robert Davies, of North Wildwood, stands in the courtroom of Judge Michael Connor in the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Davies was convicted Feb. 16 of reckless manslaughter and weapons offenses.

MAYS LANDING, N.J. -- A New Jersey man who admitted killing one of Britain's most eligible bachelors was convicted Wednesday of reckless manslaughter and weapons offenses stemming from the August 2007 slaying.

Robert Davies of North Wildwood admitted he killed Lavern Paul Ritch of Penarth, Wales, but claimed he acted in self-defense, believing the man who was a reality show competitor in the U.K. was part of a group out to hurt or kill him.

In reality, Ritch was a Good Samaritan out to help Davies, who had just been assaulted moments earlier.

The jury found Davies guilty of reckless manslaughter, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He was acquitted of murder and aggravated manslaughter.

Davies faces up to 10 years in prison.