- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has been sentenced to four years in prison for hitting another man in the back of the head with a trampoline pole, killing him.

The Billings Gazette reports that Derek Dexter Shoulderblade was sentenced on Wednesday for the September 2017 death of 30-year-old Ozzy Lee Wilson.

Court documents say that Shoulderblade, then 23, was at a party in Lame Deer when an attendee said something that angered him. Shoulderblade left the party, then returned and confronted Wilson out front of the house - hitting him in the back of the head with the metal pole.

Wilson was taken to a hospital where he died.

Shoulderblade pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal rather than the original charge of second-degree murder.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com


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