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Man sentenced in killing of father

Posted: September 23, 2012 12:01 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2012 12:01 p.m.
 

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno man convicted of killing his mentally ill father with a hammer has been sentenced to 26 years in prison.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/TeYdqc ) that 55-year-old Charles Hudiburgh was sentenced Friday.

Hudiburgh pleaded guilty last month to the April killing of his 81-year-old father, Claud. Police said Hudiburgh admitted soon after the murder that he had killed his father in their Fresno home.

His lawyer Jane Boulger said the younger Hudiburgh was depressed, had a history of mental problems and was overwhelmed by taking care of his father, who had schizophrenia.

Boulger said her client had contemplated murder-suicide, asking a neighbor to borrow a gun a few weeks before he killed his father with the hammer.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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