FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A Fort Smith man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend's brother and wounding the woman's other brother.
The Times Record reports (http://bit.ly/H24CAQ ) that 38-year-old Frederick Newton was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The murder charge was reduced from first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement.
Prosecutors say Newton shot and killed 27-year-old Cecil Dotson III and wounded 21-year-old Rafael Dotson in May 2012 after arguing and fighting with the two men over comments Newton had made about the two men's sister - who was Newton's girlfriend.
Sebastian County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Linda Ward says the victim's family approved the plea agreement.
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