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Area man pleads guilty to manslaughter


By KELI JACOB I News-Times Staff An area defendant who admitted shooting his brother to death last year pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter in Union County Circuit Court earlier this week. Judge Carol C. Anthony is awaiting a pre-sentence report before the defendant will be sentenced. Lonnie W. Griffi th, 34, had faced a second-de gree murder charge after authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call at 184 Griffi th Farm Road around 10 p.m., July 26, 2005.
Deputies found the defendant outside his res idence, along with the body of his 23-year-old brother, Steven Griffi th, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim suffered a series of gunshot wounds, including at least two gunshots to the head, according to court documents.
Following his arrest, Lonnie Griffi th made statements to investigators that he was sitting on the couch with his 6-year-old son when his brother came to the front of his home in July 2005. He said the two argued for about 10 minutes and that he fi red three shots when his brother attempted to come through the front door.
Griffi th also admitted his son witnessed the entire confrontation and that he knew his brother was dead because he had hit him in the head when he fi red from the gun, according to the probable cause affi davit.
Manslaughter is a C felony charge, and is punishable by a term of not less than three to 10 years in prison, and/or a fi ne not to exceed $10,000.

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