An 84-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for shooting a neighbor in a feud over the construction of a garage.
A jury Wednesday acquitted Paul Hashman of attempted murder but found him guilty of felonious assault and using a handgun in a crime.
Prosecutors said Hashman became enraged after Darrell Oskins, 54, built a garage in 1998 to accommodate his hobby of working on antique cars. Hashman complained that it was too big and too close to the property line and that it blocked his view.
Years of bickering followed, with Hashman shooting and wounding Oskins as the man used his snowblower in 2004.
Hashman testified that he shot Oskins because he feared his neighbor would grind his feet off with the snowblower.
Oskins testified the shooting was unprovoked. He was shot six or seven times, spent almost five months in the hospital, and lost a kidney, his appendix and part of his colon.