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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a man in the shooting deaths of two men at a Columbus nightclub in 2011.

aniel Paul Copple, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of James Bennett Mann of Columbus and Mark Caudill of Birmingham, Ala., at the Elbow Room pub in downtown Columbus on Feb. 16, 2011.

Copple was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on the murder counts, plus another 15 years for aggravated assault for hitting a pedestrian with his truck as he left the scene.

The Appeals Court rejected Copple's argument that prosecutors didn't prove his guilt. The court said several witnesses testified that Copple was standing over Caudill when the man was shot.

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