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Texas man gets 40 years in stand-your-ground case

4:46 AM, Jun 28, 2012   |    comments
Raul Rodriguez convicteed in Texas 'Stand Your Ground' case.
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HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man who argued that the state's version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor after an argument about a noisy party has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder.

A Houston jury sentenced Raul Rodriguez on Wednesday in the killing of 36-year-old Kelly Danaher.

Rodriguez is heard in a video of the incident saying he feared for his life and was standing his ground. His defense attorneys argued the retired firefighter acted in self-defense.

But prosecutors say the 46-year-old Rodriguez was the aggressor, noting he took a gun when he went to complain about Danaher's 2010 party.

The Associated Press

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