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Gooding man sentenced for killing son-in-law

Posted at 10:27 AM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 12:27:36-04

A Gooding man who says he accidentally shot his son-in-law has been sentenced to twelve years in prison.

The Times-News reports 62-year-old Jimmie O'Neal Sr. was sentenced Tuesday. His attorney had requested probation, and prosecutors wanted three to ten years -- but District Judge Eric Wildman rejected both arguments.

O'Neal Sr. pleaded guilty earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter. He maintained his innocence, but admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

O'Neal Sr. has consistently said he shot Steven Michael Lawrence accidentally during an argument about Lawrence's continued abuse of O'Neal's daughter.

Wildman had said O'Neal brought his gun to the argument because he knew Lawrence carried. He had said O'Neal was "prepared to engage in a shootout."

O'Neal Sr. is eligible for parole after six years.

(by Associated Press)