- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A man charged in a fatal shooting at a Colorado Springs landscaping business has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.

The Gazette reports (https://goo.gl/3DBU0T ) 34-year-old David Barker was sentenced Monday for the Aug. 19, 2014, death of Kenneth Bentley. Prosecutors agreed to a plea bargain to second-degree murder to avoid the risk of an acquittal at trial.

Bentley, a 39-year-old married father of six, was shot after he and Barker stepped into the garage at Lawn Guys, a now-defunct landscaping service.

Defense attorneys say both men were high on methamphetamine. Meanwhile, prosecutors say Barker claimed self-defense but gave several different versions of what happened.

Barker did not address the court Monday.


Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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