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Tampa Bay area man convicted of killing neighbor reports to jail after losing appeal


TAMPA, Florida — A Tampa Bay area man sentenced to eight years in prison for fatally shooting his neighbor has started his sentence.

An attorney for 73-year-old Trevor Dooley says the man reported to Hillsborough County's jail Friday before heading to state prison. Dooley had been convicted of manslaughter in November 2012, despite claims of self-defense, and then sentenced two months later. He had remained free on bail while he appealed the conviction, but that appeal was denied last month.

Authorities say Dooley shot 41-year-old David James at a Valicro park in September 2010. Dooley, who lived across from the park, was yelling at a skateboarder using a basketball court when James interceded.

Witnesses say Dooley flashed a gun, starting a struggle that left James dead. James' then-8-year-old daughter watched him die.

Dooley testified he only shot James because James was choking him.

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