Illinois man with trick gun gets 30-year prison sentence

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UNION COUNTY, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man accused of rigging a shotgun to his shed to prevent breaks-ins has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the death of a man who opened the shed door and was shot.

William Wasmund of Union County was sentenced Monday, three months after being convicted of first-degree murder in Jeff Spicer’s death.

A jury rejected arguments that Wasmund had a right to defend his property. 

At trial, Wasmund’s attorney told jurors Spicer should not have ignored signs telling people to stay away from the shed.

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