Man’s drunkenness helps him avoid murder charge



PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A Prineville man was too drunk to know what he was doing when he shot and killed his roommate, a Crook County jury has found.

The Bend Bulletin reports 71-year-old Richard Breneman was convicted Tuesday of manslaughter in the death of his roommate, but avoided a murder charge.

The Nov. 6, 2009 shooting in the Easy Living Trailer Park started with an argument with 54-year-old Voy Powell. Breneman fired a handgun at Powell and struck him in the leg and abdomen.

Breneman had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 at the time of the shooting. An autopsy of Powell showed his blood alcohol content at about 0.23.

Breneman will be sentenced on July 28.


Information from: The Bulletin,