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Man gets 26-year prison term for Tacoma casino slaying

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of killing a driver he argued with outside a Tacoma casino has been sentenced to 26 years in prison.

The News Tribune reports that Jeremy Schlenker, of Toppenish, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murder for Brandon Williams’ March 2015 death.

Court documents say Schlenker blocked Williams’ car from backing out of a parking space. Authorities say Schlenker exchanged words with Williams before pistol whipping and shooting him.

Schlenker’s attorney argued Monday that her client suffers from paranoia and believed he was going to get shot the night he killed Williams.

Schlenker said in court that he “made a bad mistake” and said he felt for the victim’s family, because he’d lost friends to “meaningless, senseless violence.”

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