Newell sentenced for manslaughter in Lowndes County

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — An Alabama man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for manslaughter in a 2008 shooting death at a Mississippi bar.

The Commercial Dispatch reports James “Chuck” Newell was sentenced Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court. He was convicted Aug. 24 in the slaying of Adrian Boyette.

Prosecutors say Newell, of Vernon, Ala., fatally shot Boyette after an altercation outside the Slab House, a bar on the outer limits of Lowndes County, near the Alabama state line.

Newell claimed self-defense in the slaying.