Prattville man gets life for killing relative over lawn dispute

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A 75-year-old Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his brother-in-law over a dispute that started over lawn care.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports Joseph H. Huffman was sentenced Wednesday. He was convicted last month of murder in the 2017 death of 59-year-old John Brown.

Testimonies provided during trial revealed that Huffman believed he was the caretaker of a 40-acre tract of land, which several of his relatives believed they owned.

Huffman testified that Brown was cutting the land’s grass one day, so he asked Brown to stop the yard work and leave. He testified that they then fought, and he shot Brown in the chest with a shotgun.

Huffman argued he acted in self-defense. His attorney says he’ll appeal the case.

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