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April 25, 2012

Landlord sentenced in tenant’s fatal shooting

NEW CASTLE — A landlord who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his tenant has been sentenced to state prison.

Kevin Dwayne Boyer, 38, of 317 East St. Tuesday pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death of Jason Pegg, 32, of the same address.

Lawrence County President Judge Dominick Motto, who accepted the plea to a first-degree felony, sentenced him to seven and a half to 15 years in a state correctional institution. He was given credit for 245 days served. The sentence is to be followed by five years of supervision.

Boyer also was ordered to pay costs of prosecution and $2,970 restitution to cover the victim’s funeral costs.

Boyer had been charged with criminal homicide and aggravated and simple assault following last summer’s shooting.

In presenting the recommended sentence, assistant district attorney Thomas Minett noted the time is in the standard guidelines because a deadly weapon had been used. Boyer was represented by Lawrence County public defender Larry Keith.

Affording to court documents, New Castle police were called to East Street shortly after 8 p.m. Aug. 24. They said they found Pegg, who had been shot in the chest and abdomen with a .38-caliber handgun owned by Boyer.

Police said a witness told them there had been a confrontation over a $50 debt. The witness said a gunshot was heard and Pegg fell down before being shot a second time.

Boyer later told police the two had argued and he had shot Pegg through his screen door. He said he later walked over and shot him a second time.

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