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Pasco man gets life in prison for PlayStation murder

DADE CITY — The 30-year-old man convicted of shooting a neighbor over a stolen PlayStation 3 and other property was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

A jury convicted Edward Stoddard earlier this month of second-degree murder in the April 23, 2008 shooting of Doug Abrams, 26. Stoddard told jurors he acted in self-defense, wrestling a gun away from Abrams in front of a friend's Angus Valley home in Wesley Chapel.

But several witnesses for the state were consistent in the story that Stoddard had pulled the gun and fired three times at Abrams, whom he believed had stolen his things.

About 30 people showed up to Thursday's sentencing wearing T-shirts printed with Abrams' photo.

Pasco man gets life in prison for PlayStation murder 01/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:34pm]
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