DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting his drug dealer.
A Volusia County judge sentenced 35-year-old Frank Soto on Monday. He had pleaded no contest to manslaughter with a firearm as part of a deal with prosecutors. He had been charged with second-degree murder, which would have meant a life sentence.
Soto said in court that 38-year-old Wesley Hall had come to his Deltona home in May 2011 to collect $1,200 he owed Hall for painkillers. Soto shot Hall with a .22-caliber pistol and then drove Hall's body to the woods in the dead man's van and set it on fire.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Soto initially claimed he was acting in self-defense, but prosecutors say Soto didn't even wait for Hall to get out of his van before shooting him.