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Athens man acquitted in killing gets 25 years

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A man acquitted in a 2011 gunshot killing in Athens is still facing a prison sentence on related charges.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a judge sentenced Sabien Jacquand Jones to 20 years in prison on Friday.

A jury in June acquitted Jones on a murder charge in the shooting death of 25-year-old Fernando Leondus Terrell. But they convicted him on lesser charges of aggravated assault and possession of a gun during a crime.

Authorities said the August 2011 shooting capped a dispute that started a few days earlier, after Jones sold Terrell marijuana.

Jones later discovered he'd been paid with counterfeit money.

Defense lawyers argued that Jones shot the man in self-defense.

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