By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Mac shooter sentenced to 10 years in prison

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He was on probation when he shot and killed someone and got only 10 years? It wasn't a plea offer because it said he went to trial, how do you only get 10 years for killing someone?

Joel R

I agree, rosebloomer. Ten years sounds very light.
My guess is that their must have been a lot more to the case than was covered in this article.

Paul Daquilante

rosebloomer and Joel R . . .

Perhaps this will clarify the defendant's sentence to some degree.

The jury found him guilty of charges that included first-degree manslaughter.

He had been indicted by a grand jury on charges that included murder.

However, District Attorney Brad Berry explained, “The court - Judge Ladd Wiles - instructed the jury that they could consider the ‘lesser included’ charges of manslaughter in the first-degree, manslaughter in the second-degree and/or criminally negligent homicide (in place of the murder charge). This allows the jury to consider a lesser offense should they feel there is insufficient evidence to convict on the main (highest) charge.”

Had the murder charge stuck, he could have received a 25-year sentence.

Paul Daquilante/reporter.

Joel R

Thanks Paul! That makes sense.