Granite City man faces sentencing again in shotgun killing

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:55 AM

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A man whose retrial in a 2004 shotgun killing ended with a murder conviction could face up to four times the prison term he received in his first trial.

Fifty-one-year-old Brian Pinkas is to be sentenced Wednesday in Madison County in the 2004 killing of 37-year-old Sharon Reynolds.

Pinkas acknowledged he shot Reynolds in the head at their home in Granite City, but he says it was an accident.

Pinkas later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. But an appellate court threw out his guilty plea after he argued his sentence was invalid because it didn't include a mandatory 25-year term for firearm use.

That set the stage for the September trial in which he was convicted. He could face up to 85 years in prison.

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