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Sacramento judge sentences Herald man to 50 years in shooting death of uncle

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny today sentenced Jerry Lee King Jr. to 50 years to life in prison for the Dec. 9, 2012, shooting death of his uncle, Willis Griffin.

Jurors convicted King, 32, on Feb. 21 for the fatal shooting of Griffin, 50, amid a family dispute sparked when the defendant’s mother was trying to get him out of her residence on Purvis Road in the Herald area.

King had a confrontation with his mother on the morning of the shooting and then retrieved a rifle and killed Griffin when his uncle sped up on a motorcycle to help his sister remove the defendant from the property.