(AP) -- A judge in east-central Illinois has
sentenced a 79-year-old Markham
man to eight years in prison in the fatal shooting of his former business
Prosecutors say Antone Akroush shot his cousin Imad Farah
Shteiwi in Danville
after arguing about money. Shteiwi died of multiple gunshot wounds. Akroush
says he fired in self-defense.
Akroush originally was charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say
they opted for second-degree murder in a plea agreement because a witness left
the country and was unavailable to testify.
Judge Nancy Fahey's sentence Thursday was less than the 15-year maximum.
Vermilion County prosecutors say Akroush won't be
in prison long because he only has to serve 50 percent of his sentence and he's
already been in custody for almost four years since his 2009 arrest.