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Shoals Man Admits To Killing Son
Updated April 4, 2016 7:02 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(SHOALS) - A Shoals man has admitted to killing his son after a dispute over a weedeater.

On Friday, 61-year-old John Tow pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the heat of the moment in Martin Circuit Court.

Tow admitted to stabbing his son, 32-year-old Jonathan Tow, in the neck with a knife on June 8, 2014.

Police found Jonathon laying at the base of the step of the older Tow's mobile home in Shoals.

According to an autopsy report, Jonathan died from a stab wound to his neck that severed his carotid artery. The wound went into the victim's pharynx, and the blood loss would have been fatal within 30 seconds of the stabbing. The stabbing happened after a daylong dispute about a weed trimmer, push mower and moped apparently escalated into an altercation.

Martin Circuit Court Judge Lynn Ellis set sentencing for 1 p.m. May 2.

If Judge Ellis accepts the guilty plea, Tow will be sentenced to 20 years at the Indiana Department of Correction and an additional 10 years to supervised probation in Martin County. And because it happened in June 2014, before Indiana's sentencing restructure, Tow will receive day-for-day good time credit.

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