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Man to serve 4 months in jail for camping death

Posted - Mar. 4, 2010 at 11:28 a.m.



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PRICE -- A Sandy man who pleaded guilty to murdering a friend during a drunken fight on a camping trip will spend four months in jail.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Paul Edward Willson was sentenced Wednesday.

Willson was initially charged with second-degree felony manslaughter in connection with the August 2009 death of Jonathan Tobey.

Prosecutors say the pair was celebrating with friends in Price Canyon when, at some point, Tobey became belligerent. Willson claimed he tried to calm Tobey down by sitting on him and putting him in a choke hold. Tobey passed out and died.

Willson says he did not mean to kill Tobey. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges of third-degree felony homicide by assault. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the manslaughter charge.

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