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Illinois man gets probation for killing man after dispute over dog

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- A suburban Chicago homeowner convicted in a fatal dispute that began when another man's dog urinated on his lawn will serve four years of probation instead of going to prison.

Will County Judge Daniel Rozak sentenced 69-year-old Charles Clements on Wednesday in the death of 23-year-old Joshua Funches.

Clements could have gotten up to 20 years behind bars after being convicted of second-degree murder. But the judge noted that the great-grandfather and Marine veteran had never before had any contact with the legal system.

Prosecutors say Clements shot the younger man during a dispute that began when Funches' fox terrier urinated on Clements' well-manicured front yard. Testimony at the trial showed that Clements fired after Funches cursed at him and punched him in the face.

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