Decatur man receives 5 years in prison for obstruction of justice

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DECATUR - Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott says a Decatur man has been sentenced to five years in prison for providing false information to authorities pertaining to the 2013 death of Toby Britton.

Scott says McClellan, 29, was found guilty of obstructing justice, and was sentenced Thursday morning.  Officials say the normal sentencing range for that offense is between one and three years in prison, but McClellan was given five due to his prior criminal record.

Scott also says McClellan was the only eyewitness to Britton's death, which happened on May 5, 2013.  Authorities say McClellan reported that Cameron Slater shot and killed Britton, who was unarmed, in a drug deal gone bad, resulting in Slater being charged with first-degree murder.  However, authorities say McClellan recanted, reporting to Chief Investigator Nate Binkley that Britton was armed with a pistol, and that Slater shot Britton after Britton pointed a pistol at McClellan and Slater.

As a result of the new information, Slater entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge, second-degree murder, and was subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison, in comparison to the 45 years to natural life he faced if convicted of first-degree murder.  

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