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Man gets 12 years for Charleston rifle death

Thompson White (Source: Charleston Police Department) Thompson White (Source: Charleston Police Department)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in the shooting death of a man in Charleston.

According to court records, 52-year-old Thompson White pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Tuesday in the shooting death of 45-year-old Eugene Evans.

Prosecutors say White fired a rifle at Evans on Sept. 21, 2010, following an argument.

Attorneys say White and his girlfriend had quarreled and Evans and two other men arrived at White's home and attacked him.

Prosecutors say White went inside and came out with a .22-caliber rifle and fired four shots. 1 of the shots hit Evans in the face.

Defense attorney Andy Savage says White was trying to protect himself.

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