Man sentenced to prison in death of Ogden man

Man sentenced to prison in death of Ogden man

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A man has been sentenced to prison in the death of a 37-year-old Ogden man.

Merlynn Kilfoyle was sentenced Thursday to up to five years in prison on a third-degree felony charge of homicide by assault.

The May 2000 shooting death of John Thomas Rush was considered a suicide for six years until, according to officials, Kilfoyle's stepmother told police Kilfoyle told her he killed Rush.

The 31-year-old Kilfoyle also was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison for second-degree felony possession of a handgun by a restricted person for buying a gun for Rush, who was banned from firearm ownership because of a prior felony. A judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

Kilfoyle had originally been charged with first-degree murder but took a plea deal.

Kilfoyle's public defender, Randy Richards, says his client still does not admit guilt.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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