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11 years in prison for Pt. Angeles man who killed neighbor

11 years in prison for Pt. Angeles man who killed neighbor
Bobby J. Smith, left, sits with attorney Karen Unger during Smith's sentencing for second-degree murder on Tuesday in Clallam County Superior Court in Port Angeles. (Photo by Keith Thorpe, Peninsula Daily News)
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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A Port Angeles man who shot a neighbor to death was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 11 years in prison.

Sixty-year-old Bobby "B.J." Smith was earlier convicted of second-degree murder in the June 2011 shooting of 63-year-old Robert Fowler.

The Peninsula Daily News reports Smith felt Fowler had threatened him with a knife and was on the verge of harming his daughter, but a jury rejected his self-defense argument.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Troberg said Smith fired two shots into Fowler's head as he lay on the floor, "almost like an execution.”

Smith's daughter also had testified that she heard Fowler say, “I'm sorry, I'm sorry, please don't,” before Smith fired the final shots, making the crime “even more egregious,” Judge George L. Wood said.

Smith was sentenced to 10 years, 10 months in prison. He will get credit for about 27 months served in the Clallam County jail and must serve 36 months of community service upon his release.
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