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Munn Sentenced To 16 Years In Fatal Shooting

Last updated on Thursday, March 7, 2013

(NASHVILLE) - A Brown County man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man in the neck during a dispute over money has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Brown County Circuit Judge Judith Stewart sentenced 38-year-old Benjamin "Jake" Munn on Monday after accepting his guilty plea on a felony voluntary manslaughter charge.

Munn's family and the family of the victim, 31-year-old Jamie Shawn Simpson, filled the courtroom as Judge Stewart pondered if she should accept the terms of the plea deal or force the state to proceed to trial.

After hearing from all parties, Stewart accepted the plea.

Stewart also ordered Munn to pay nearly $9,000 in restitution to relatives of 31-year-old Jamie Shawn Simpson.

Munn admitted during a February plea hearing that he shot Simpson in the neck in November during an altercation in Brown County, fatally wounding him.

Munn testified that he allegedly owed Simpson money and had become angry with him.

The plea deal did not address how Simpson's body ended up in an alley near downtown Indianapolis three days after the shooting.

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