Man pleads guilty to negligent homicide in Springfield roadway shooting, reduced from murder

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EUGENE, Oregon — A 35-year-old former professional mixed martial arts fighter accused of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed man after a Springfield traffic crash has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

The Register-Guard of Eugene reports (http://bit.ly/1Hm1wPp ) that Gerald Strebendt pleaded guilty Thursday to criminally negligent homicide with a firearm. He was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison, but will receive credit for time served.

The charges come after Strebendt's vehicle collided with a car driven by David Paul Crofut in January 2014. Prosecutors say after the crash Strebendt called 911 and an emergency dispatcher was still on the line when Strebendt pulled a .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle from his pickup and shot Crofut.

Police have said Crofut was unarmed.

Strebendt's attorney had claimed the shooting was an act of self-defense.


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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