An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for fatally shooting an Iraqi man taking photos of his first snowfall in Texas.

KDFW-TV of Dallas-Fort Worth reports that a Dallas County jury sentenced Nykerion Nealon on Tuesday, one day after convicting him of murder in Ahmed Al-Jumaili's death. Nealon could have been sentenced to up to life in prison.

Al-Jumaili was outside his Dallas apartment complex taking pictures of snow with his wife and brother on the night of March 4, 2015, when he was shot.

Nealon told officers that he had been hunting for people he thought had shot at his girlfriend's nearby apartment complex.

Al-Jumaili fled violence in Iraq to reunite with his wife. He'd been in Texas just three weeks when he was killed.

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Information from: KDFW-TV, http://www.myfoxdfw.com