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California Man Gets Prison Time For Vigilante Murder

A Northern California man who fatally shot a family friend who allegedly molested him for years has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Aaron Vargas had pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 63-year-old Darrell McNeill.

After the February 2009 killing, several others came forward to say McNeill had molested them, and hundreds of supporters in Vargas' town of Fort Bragg asked authorities for leniency for the shooter. Vargas faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, but the defense had argued for probation.

The Mendocino County judge says he imposed the harsher sentence because he believed Vargas had gone McNeill's house with the intent to kill him. Judge Ronald Brown also said the use of violence to
solve problems would only encourage more violence.