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Man gets 14 years in shooting that killed man, wounded dad


March 15, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing a 34-year-old man and wounding the victim's father outside a Topeka home.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 30-year-old John Towner Jr. apologized in court Thursday before he was sentenced for voluntary manslaughter and attempted second-degree murder in the January 2018 shooting.

During the trial, Towner contended he shot John Austin Jr. and John Austin Sr. in self-defense. Jurors acquitted him of attempted aggravated robbery and a more serious first-degree murder charge.

After the hearing, John Austin Sr...

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