Spring Creek Man gets 30 Years for Elko Murder

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A 23-year-old Elko County man has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for a fatal shooting at a parking lot in downtown Elko last May.

Elko County District Judge Al Kacin said at Friday's sentencing that Patrick Dunn of Spring Creek will be eligible for consideration for parole after 11 years.

Dunn was convicted in November of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 30-year-old Erik Espitia.

Dunn insisted he was acting in self-defense after a brawl erupted between Dunn and some friends and Espitia and three of his relatives. He apologized for the killing but said he is not a violent person and truly feared for his own life the night he pulled the trigger.


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