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Associated Press, Published January 15 2011

Man gets 28 years in fatal shooting in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for fatally shooting a Laundromat caretaker in Duluth.

Terence Leon Callender expressed no remorse before being sentenced Friday. He said he shot and killed James Alton Peterson on July 29, 2008 because he threatened him with a video he was going to show drug officers.

The victim's niece, Gina Dixon, told the Duluth News Tribune she didn't know if her uncle was a police informant. But she says he loved the community and wanted the neighborhood not to feel threatened by crime.

The sentence was part of a plea agreement with the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. Callender pleaded guilty Wednesday to intentional second-degree murder. He must serve two-thirds of that sentence in prison and one-third on supervised release.


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