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Oct 8, 2012 11:38 AM

Lexington Man Sentenced In Father's 2010 Shooting Death

A Lexington man who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his father back when he was still a teenager in 2010 was sentenced in the case Monday.

Police say Verdis Kyle Pennington III, who was 18 at the time, shot his father Verdis K. Pennington Jr., 50, on November 30, 2010. The coroner says Pennington, Jr. later died at UK Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head.

Pennington III, now 20, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.

Police originally believed the son was handing his father a gun to clean when it went off, and initially said they thought the shooting was accidental. But after further investigation, police say the pair had an argument before the shooting and arrested the younger Pennington and charged him with murder.

The mother of the then-teen and wife of the victim, Angela Pennington, said that she believed that her son had reached a breaking point after being verbally abused by his father. "I'm more angry with my husband," she said in 2010. "I'm not angry with my son. I seen it coming and there was nothing that I could do."

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