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San Diego man, 92, pleads guilty to killing sleeping son

February 7, 2019 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 92-year-old San Diego man who shot his sleeping son in the head has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will avoid prison.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Richard Peck entered the plea Wednesday. The former attorney could have faced up to 11 years in prison but is expected to receive probation and home detention.

A murder charge was dismissed under terms of Peck’s plea agreement.

Peck shot his son, 51-year-old Robert Peck, in the head with a shotgun at his home early last year.

His attorney said the son was an alcoholic who committed “extreme psychological abuse” of his father and tried to frighten him into a heart attack. Police were called to the home 14 times last summer and the son was once committed for mental health evaluation.