Man sentenced in parking spot murder

September 10, 2009 2:43:05 PM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 12 to 25 years in prison for killing a neighbor over a handicapped parking space. Berks County Judge James M. Bucci sentenced 58-year-old Santiago Robles on Thursday for killing 65-year-old Herbert Rupp.

Authorities say Robles shot Rupp in the head in July 2008 after the men argued over a handicapped parking space. Police say the space was the source of a long-running dispute between the men, who both had handicapped parking placards.

During his trial Robles testified that Rupp grabbed him during the argument so he shot at his feet and legs. Robles said the gun jammed then accidentally went off, striking Rupp in the head.

At sentencing Robles apologized to Rupp's family.

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