Tenn. man gets 5 years in store guard's death

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A Murfreesboro man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of a convenience store security guard.

Madison County Circuit Judge David Hayes on Friday handed the sentence down to 21-year-old Roger McPherson. The Jackson Sun reported (http://bit.ly/O2yDA0 ) that Hayes gave McPherson credit for the 18 months he spent in custody while awaiting trial.

A jury found McPherson guilty of voluntary manslaughter in May in the 2010 death of Michael Bell of Jackson, who worked at the Lane Express Mart.

McPherson must serve 30% of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole..

After a confrontation, police say McPherson shot at Bell four times, striking him twice. Bell was pronounced dead at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

McPherson was arrested on Nov. 5, 2010.

Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com

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