- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A Klamath Falls teenager has admitted killing his father.

The Herald and News reports (https://is.gd/dOWoTA) that 18-year-old Roscoe Lee Townsend pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide and unlawful discharge of a weapon in the December shooting death of Dustin Lee Townsend Sr.

The teenager was sentenced to 12 years in prison, starting in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.

District Attorney Rob Patridge says the incident began when the elder Townsend got into a fight with a different son while traveling in a vehicle through Bly. During the fight, Roscoe Townsend shot his father twice with a bolt-action rifle.

Patridge says alcohol was major factor.

The father had a lengthy arrest record, and Patridge says he hopes the younger Townsend can break the family cycle when he gets out of prison.


Information from: Herald and News, https://www.heraldandnews.com

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