Topeka Man Sentenced In Fatal Shooting Over Noise

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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A Topeka man has been sentenced to eight years and six months in prison for killing a neighbor after they argued about noise.

WIBW-TV reports 31-year-old LaVance Thompson will also spend three years on post-release supervision under the sentence he received Thursday in Shawnee County District Court.

Thompson was initially charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 36-year-old James Sanders the night of Dec. 25, 2011. Thompson's trial was under way in August when he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Sanders and Thompson were neighbors in a Topeka apartment building. Prosecutors said Sanders was dropping weights on the floor, and Thompson was turning up his music.

Authorities said Thompson confronted Sanders and shot him after Sanders called police to complain.

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