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Man sentenced for death on wildlife refuge

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A Reelfoot Lake-area man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the November shooting of a Paris man on a wildlife refuge near Walnut Log.

Ricky Lewis Richards was sentenced to two years in prison but all except 90 days were suspended.

Authorities say 44-year-old John Burnett, formerly of Obion County, was hit by a bullet from a high-powered rifle in a forested area of Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. He died in a Memphis hospital of complications from the shooting.

According to the Union City Daily Messenger, the unarmed Burnett, three other men and a dog were on their way to check on a duck blind they were rebuilding when the shooting occurred.

Richards also was fined $3,000.

Information from: Union City Daily Messenger, http://www.ucmessenger.com

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