- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) - A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s brother.

The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/2j14iqc ) reports that Clinton Blizzard was sentenced after pleading guilty Monday to a reduced count of voluntary manslaughter. Through a plea agreement, a second count of armed criminal action was dismissed.

Authorities say Blizzard fled the scene after fatally shooting 35-year-old Nathaniel “Steven” Higgins, of Milo. The shooting happened in September 2015 at a residence near Wentworth where Blizzard was living with Higgins’ half-sister, Hollie Zgonc, and her mother.

Blizzard was captured three days later when an off-duty Jasper County jailer recognized him in a Joplin store and contacted police. Witnesses said Higgins and Blizzard argued the day before the shooting and the day of the shooting.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com


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