TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for fatally shooting his neighbor.
A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 72-year-old Trevor Dooley on Thursday. He was convicted of manslaughter in November, despite claims of self-defense.
Authorities say Dooley shot 41-year-old David James at a Valicro park in September 2010. Dooley, who lived across from the park, was yelling at a skateboarder using a basketball court when James interceded.
Witnesses say Dooley flashed a gun, starting a struggle that left James dead. James' then-8-year-old daughter watched him die.
Dooley testified he had no interest in a physical confrontation and only shot James because James was choking him.