Letcher County Circuit Judge Sam Wright followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced a 32-year-old Jenkins man to 10 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of his neighbor.
A jury convicted Samuel Todd Collier of second- degree manslaughter on Feb. 17 after deliberating for more than six hours and recommended he serve 10 years in prison for shooting and killing 48-year-old Mark Joseph Sturgill on Oct. 7, 2010.
Collier received credit for serving 516 days in jail and will be eligible for parole after serving two years of the sentence, meaning that he could be released in eight months after receiving credit for time already served. During sentencing on March 5, Wright said probation was inappropriate and was denied. Wright ordered Collier pay a $1,000 fine and $8,000 in restitution for Sturgill’s funeral expenses.