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Alaska man gets 18 years _ 5 suspended _ for fatal shooting

October 6, 2018

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man accused of shooting a 16-year-old with a stolen 10mm Glock pistol has been sentenced.

The Anchorage Daily News reports 21-year-old Damien Peterson, of Big Lake, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison — with five suspended — and five years’ probation for fatally shooting Frankie Woodford.

Six months before 16-year-old David Grunwald died of a gunshot wound, Woodford was killed by a shot to the chest.

One of the teens charged with murder in Grunwald’s death, Austin Barrett, was in the room with Peterson the night Woodford died.

Investigators say they reopened a review of Woodford’s death — previously considered an accidental shooting — after interviews for the Grunwald case provided new details.

Peterson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a deal that avoided a trial.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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