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Former City Commissioner Gets 3 Years For Shoplifter Murder – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida city commissioner was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for fatally shooting a shoplifter at his store.

Michael Dunn, 51, pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a firearm in Polk County Court in March, according to court records. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.

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Michael Dun

Dunn resigned his seat on the Lakeland City Commission a few weeks after the October 2018 killing of Christobal Lopez. Lakeland is approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Orlando.

Lopez had been trying to steal a hatchet at Vets Army & Navy Surplus when Dunn, who was armed with a handgun, confronted Lopez, officials said. CCTV showed Lopez attempting to flee the store. Investigators said Dunn grabbed Lopez and then shot him twice in the torso. Lopez died at the scene.

Defense attorneys argued that Dunn was acting in self-defense.

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