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Man convicted in killing Maryland kidney transplant survivor

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A man charged with killing a survivor of a 32-person kidney exchange has been convicted of first-degree murder.

The Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office said in a news release that 33-year-old Dion Sobotker of Temple Hills was convicted Tuesday in the slaying of 26-year-old Jonathan Harris in Harris' Silver Spring home.

According to charging documents, Sobotker and Harris' ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Samantha Parker of Temple Hills, entered Harris' home on Dec. 6, 2014. Prosecutors say that Harris was later found dead of asphyxiation and his credit cards had been stolen.

Prosecutors say Parker, who was also charged with first-degree murder, died of a brain tumor in December 2015.

Harris was among 16 patients who received kidneys from 16 donors in the transplant exchange at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2010.

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