Missouri woman convicted in man's death gets 12-year sentence
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) - A southeast Missouri woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fatally shooting a man and an unrelated drug charge.
The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reported Patricia Bales was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
The shooting happened in April in Bales' Poplar Bluff apartment, killing 38-year-old Donald Perry of Sedgewickville. An assistant Butler County prosecutor says Bales did not shoot the gun but "participated in an agreement" with Perry to assault another man. That assault led to the confrontation in which Perry was killed.
Bales was sentenced to seven years on the manslaughter charge and five years for the drug charge, with the sentences to run consecutively.
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