CHARLESTON — With a family divided on two sides of the courtroom, a judge sentenced local musician Dale Kelly to five years in prison and five years of probation in the 2009 shooting death of his father.
Kelly, 49, fired three rounds from a 20-gauge shotgun through his bedroom door at his father's house, striking his father. Creighton Kelly, an 82-year-old retired electrician, died from his wounds about a half-hour later.
The younger Kelly pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter earlier this year and faced up to 15 years in prison on the charge. Circuit Judge Thomas Hughston sentenced him to 10 years, suspended to five years in prison and five years on probation. Kelly must serve 85 percent of that sentence so, even with time served, he will spend at least 4 years behind bars. Read more in Friday's editions of The Post and Courier.