A Prineville man convicted of manslaughter in the 2009 shooting death of his roommate was sentenced to 11 years behind bars Thursday after the victim?s daughters said their children are sad they?ll never get to know their grandfather.
The sentencing came 10 days after a Crook County jury deliberated for 3 ½ hours and convicted Richard Lynn Breneman of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Voy Douglas Powell, but acquitted him on a murder charge that would have brought a 25-year sentence.
Circuit Judge Gary Williams sentenced Breneman to 10 years on the manslaughter charge and another year on a conviction of interfering with a police officer.
Blood alcohol tests showed both men were intoxicated at the time of the shooting at the Easy Living Trailer Park on SE Combs Flat Road in November 2009. The shooting prompted a three-hour standoff and SWAT team callout before Breneman surrendered to authorities.
District Attorney Daina Vitolins said Breneman apologized to the victim?s family, after which the victim?s two grown daughters addressed the court.
They said their father had taken his wife?s 2005 death hard, and had been a good father and connected with the family before that time. They said they always had hoped he?d get better.
Williams told Breneman that the jury was given evidence that could have resulted in a murder conviction. When Breneman said he was upset by the length of the sentence, Williams said it could have been worse.
Vitolins said Breneman will get credit for the 21 months already served awaiting trial.
After the judge advised Breneman of his rights of appeal, he responded, ?I want to appeal right now.?