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Ark-La-Tex man gets two years in shotgun death of nephew

A Harrison County jury today sentenced a 62-year-old Marshall man to serve two years in the penitentiary in the August 2012 death of his nephew.

A Harrison County jury today sentenced a 62-year-old Marshall man to serve two years in the penitentiary in the August 2012 death of his nephew.

Yesterday, that same jury convicted James Earl Rudd of the criminally negligent homicide of his nephew, Curtis Jerome Roberts, 52. Rudd shot Roberts with a .410 shotgun after an argument at Rudd’s house.

Clifton L. “Scrappy” Holmes, Rudd’s defense attorney, said the jury  didn’t buy the prosecution’s case, as Rudd was charged with murder, but convicted of a lesser crime. Sentence for criminally negligent homicide is from two to 10 years, with a fine of up to $10,000.  Rudd said no fine was charged.

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