Van Buren man sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting father at home

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VAN BUREN, Arkansas — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his 75-year-old father with a shotgun.

The Southwest Times Record reports ( ) 55-year-old Eddie Hice received the punishment after pleading guilty to second-degree murder on Wednesday. He also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was given 20 years of probation on that charge. The sentences will run consecutively.

Hice fatally shot his father, Herschel Hice, at a home that they shared in Van Buren. The older man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say Eddie Hice was intoxicated during the shooting. He told deputies that the shooting was in self-defense.

Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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