Man gets 8 years for killing neighbor

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:54 pm

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for fatally shooting his neighbor.

A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 72-year-old Trevor Dooley on Thursday. He was convicted of manslaughter in November, despite claims of self-defense.

Authorities say Dooley shot 41-year-old David James at a Valicro park in September 2010. Dooley, who lived across from the park, was yelling at a skateboarder using a basketball court when James interceded.

Witnesses say Dooley flashed a gun, starting a struggle that left James dead. James' then-8-year-old daughter watched him die.

Dooley testified he had no interest in a physical confrontation and only shot James because James was choking him.

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