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Indianapolis man gets 37 years in Henry County killing

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) – A 35-year-old Indianapolis man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for using a shotgun to kill another Indianapolis man in Henry County.

Edward Thompson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 22-year-old Zackery Soots.

On Thursday, a judge ordered a 45-year prison sentence with eight years suspended for Thompson, followed by eight years of probation.

Thompson shot Soots three times with a shotgun last February and then threw his body off a bridge. Soot’s body was found April 13 in in Montgomery Creek in western Henry County.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports Thompson told the victim’s family Thursday that he prays they eventually will forgive him.