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Ohio man gets life in shooting over license plates

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: A judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to life in prison for fatally shooting another man in 2012 during an argument over license plates.

Twenty-three-year-old Brandon Hobbs won’t be eligible for parole for at least 18 years. He was sentenced Wednesday in Columbus in the slaying of 26-year-old Jaron Kirkling in November 2012.

The shooting resulted from an argument over a car Hobbs sold to him. Kirkling didn’t change the license plates, and Hobbs became angry when he got a speed-camera citation because the plates were still registered to him.

A Franklin County jury had rejected a self-defense claim in finding Hobbs guilty last month of murder with a gun specification, carrying a concealed weapon and illegally possessing a firearm.

In court, Hobbs offered “deepest condolences” to Kirkling’s family.


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