A judge sentenced a Lake City man to seven years in prison in the ax slaying of an 80-year-old man at a campsite near Osceola National Forest a decade ago.
In January, Richard Clark pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the March 19, 1991, slaying of Ernest Dugrenier. Clark, 43, originally was charged with first-degree murder and would have faced a possible death sentence had he gone to trial.
Dugrenier's body was found at the private campsite where he lived in a tent. He was killed after a day of drinking with Clark.
Clark initially told authorities Dugrenier was okay when he left, and that he found Dugrenier's body when he returned to the campsite the next morning. The case lay dormant until Columbia County sheriff's detectives reopened it last year, talked to Clark again and obtained his confession that he attacked Dugrenier with an ax during a drunken fight.
135-year term given man
who shot police officers
ORLANDO _ A man who shot two police officers, killing one, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge to 135 years in prison.
Emmanuel Jimmy Saint Nattis was convicted in two federal trials of conspiring with four friends to rob a pawn shop, robbing the store and then shooting the officers three days later. He also was convicted of possession of a firearm and using a firearm in a robbery.
The officers, George DeSalvia and Eddie Diaz, were shot during a traffic stop on Feb. 3, 2000. DeSalvia died and Diaz was left paralyzed.
Saint Nattis faces a state trial on murder and attempted-murder charges in West Palm Beach on May 7. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
_ Staff and wire reports