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Appeals court: Manslaughter conviction stands

4 years ago June 10, 2010 Jun 10, 2010 Thursday, June 10 2010 Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:54:58 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

An appeals court has upheld the manslaughter charge and sentence imposed on Daniel Pegues, who was accused of killing an off-duty sheriff's deputy.

Pegues was found guilty in the shooting death of Calcasieu Deputy Alan Inzer.

The attorney for Pegues argued that he was denied a fair trial because the court twice refused to change the trial venue and that the 40-year prison term he received was excessive.

The appellate court said the attorney for Pegues, who was charged with second-degree murder, didn't present sufficient evidence to warrant a change of venue.

The appeals judge says the sentence didn't abuse discretion in imposing a 40-year term.

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