ST. JOSEPH — Johlanis Ervin on Friday was found guilty in Berrien County Trial Court for a second time of second-degree murder in the 2002 slaying of Ricky Jackson in Benton Harbor.His first conviction in the same courthouse had been thrown out by a state Appeals Court.Judge Alfred Butzbaugh scheduled sentencing for Jan. 23. Ervin, 26, faces a term of any number of years up to life, said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Arthur Cotter.In his first trial in April 2003, Ervin was found guilty of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. Jackson was a bystander at a front-porch dice game on Pavone Street, at which Ervin's brother, Michael Ervin, got into an argument. Johlanis Ervin claimed he had fired a pistol to scare people, but one of the shots hit and killed Jackson.After his first conviction, Ervin was sentenced to 24-60 years in prison for the murder conviction and a consecutive two years for the felony firearm conviction.At the first trial, Ervin's lawyer asked Judge Paul Maloney to instruct the jury on the elements of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.Maloney refused, saying a Michigan Supreme Court rule prohibited such instruction.But after the Supreme Court ruled in a similar case that instruction for involuntary manslaughter was required, Ervin appealed, and a state Appeals Court threw out his second-degree murder conviction.The case went back to Berrien County, where Prosecutor James Cherry decided to retry Ervin for second-degree murder rather than have him sentenced for involuntary manslaughter.Ervin's second trial started Tuesday before Judge Butzbaugh. Jurors got the case at 10:20 a.m. Friday and returned the guilty verdict about four hours later.Assistant Prosecutor Cotter said the felony firearm charge was not part of Ervin's second trial, since that conviction remained from the first trial and was not part of the appeal.Ervin has been in prison since his original sentencing.