NEWTON, N.J. (AP) – A judge showed sympathy for a northern New Jersey man who said he snapped watching the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky and killed his former Boy Scout leader for abusing him.
The judge on Thursday sentenced 50-year-old Clark Fredericks of Stillwater to five years in prison. With time served, Fredericks will be eligible for parole in nine months for the 2012 provocation manslaughter that claimed the life of Dennis Pegg.
Fredericks said he got drunk, snorted cocaine and attacked Pegg with a hunting knife that Pegg had given him.
The judge and prosecutor agreed there was overwhelming evidence that Pegg had abused Fredericks.
Pegg’s family acknowledged there may have been some wrongdoing. But they said Fredericks took the law into his own hands.
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