Rome jury convicts 2 US friends in slaying of police officer

Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

Finnegan Lee Elder listens as the verdict is read in the trial for the slaying of an Italian plainclothes police officer in summer 2019, in Rome Wednesday.

ROME — A jury convicted two American friends Wednesday in the 2019 slaying of a police officer in a tragic unraveling of a small time drug deal gone bad, sentencing them to the maximum life in prison.