Posted: Feb 22, 2013 1:15 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 22, 2013 5:53 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Nueces County jury sentenced Bradley Fikes to five years in prison this morning for fatally shooting a relative in the face at his home near Bluntzer in 2011.
Fikes faced up to life in prison following his convicted earlier this month for the murder of brother-in-law Robert "Nick" Welch.
During the punishment phase of the trial, a psychologist testified that it was fear that led Fikes to shoot Welch. Fikes' own girlfriend and sons witnessed the murder.
The defense argued for a lighter sentence claiming he was defending himself against a man who had intimidated their client for years.
Fikes will recieve credit for more than one year he's already spent in jail.
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