- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A man who fatally shot his childhood friend in the back over a dice game dispute has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

But the victims’ parents say Umbachi Jackson Jr. should have received a much stiffer sentence.

The 22-year-old Lakewood had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter in the August 2013 shooting of Kenneth Scott at the High Point condominium complex in Lakewood. The Lakewood man was killed two days after his daughter was born.

Scott’s parents said the slaying should have been prosecuted as a murder case.

But Ocean County prosecutors say they agreed to a plea deal because there was no physical evidence. They also said witnesses were reluctant to come forward and say they saw Jackson shoot Scott.

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