A jury almost immediately returned a guilty verdict in the death of an Anchorage tattoo artist nearly two years ago, hours after receiving the case.

Trayvon Morrissette was convicted of first-degree, second-degree murder and burglary Tuesday afternoon, after jurors took less than three hours to deliberate in the case.

Jorge Rea-Villa's family gathers outside an Anchorage courtroom on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 after a jury found Trayvon Morrissette guilty of his murder. (Credit: Bryan Dunagan/KTVA)

Morrissette, now 34, admitted in court last week to firing the shot that took Jorge Rea-Villa’s life in the July 4, 2016 confrontation. He testified in his own defense that he had been using drugs, and didn’t remember why he pulled the trigger.

When Morrissette took the stand Wednesday, he said he had shifted from cocaine to methamphetamine shortly before the shooting. A brief confrontation with Rea-Villa in a bathroom at a Lore Road home, he said, led to the shooting.

“I remember pulling out the gun and I remember shooting him,” Morrissette said.

Morrissette's sentencing was set for Oct. 5. First-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison in Alaska.

Bryan Dunagan and Scott Gross contributed information to this story.

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