Brian Pinkas convicted in 2004 shotgun killing

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A man who successfully appealed his 20-year prison sentence on the grounds that the punishment was not enough now faces up to more than four times that amount after being convicted during a new trial.

Jurors in southwestern Illinois' Madison County convicted 51-year-old Brian Pinkas on Thursday of first-degree murder in the 2004 shotgun killing of his girlfriend.

Pinkas acknowledges he killed 37-year-old Sharon Reynolds on Valentine's Day 2005 at their home in Granite City, but he says it was an accident when the weapon discharged during an argument.

Pinkas pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years. But an appellate court threw out his guilty plea after he argued his prison sentence also should have included a mandatory 25-year term for firearm use.

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