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Man gets 4 years in shooting death over photos

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HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Burnsville man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a deadly shooting that prosecutors say was sparked by an argument over Facebook photos.

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Forty-seven-year-old Robert Michael Thomas pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter in Dakota County court.

Thomas was accused of shooting 38-year-old James Edward Koenig on Jan. 23 in a dispute over Koenig posing shirtless while Thomas' 13-year-old son took photos of him for Facebook.

Thomas agreed to a plea deal with the prosecutor's office. Other charges of second-degree murder, intentional discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm were dismissed.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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