MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An Opp man accused of killing his 4-year-old nephew has been sentenced to life in prison.
WAKA-TV reports that 28-year-old John C. Davis was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in the July 2010 killing of Curtis Ruede.
Davis was originally charged with capital murder. Authorities had said he fatally shot his nephew with a pellet gun because he dropped a checker piece on his foot.
In addition to being sentenced to life in prison, Davis was also ordered to pay restitution for his nephew's burial expenses and $5,000 to the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund.