HILLSBORO, Mo. (KSDK) - Three years in prison for a Pevely man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of another man in the driveway of a Jefferson County home in 2011.
Earl Ealey, 67, was originally charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Donald Horrell, 36 of Festus.
The sentence was announced Thursday after jurors found Ealey guilty of the lesser charge on Wednesday.
Authorities say Horrell was at his estranged wife's home on April 3, 2011 when he was asked to leave. Police say Horrell later returned to the house and engaged in an argument with several people including his estranged spouse.
The dispute escalated on the driveway of the home and Horrell was shot in the chest by Ealey, who was a long time friend of Horrell and his wife Amy Horrell
Amy Horrell had obtained a restraining order against Donald Horrell prior to the confrontation.