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92-year-old man who killed son escapes jail time

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 20:17:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The 92-year-old San Diego man who pleaded guilty to shooting his son in the head as he slept in his father’s Old Town residence was sentenced to three years of probation.

Richard Landis Peck pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter early in 2019.

Peck had been facing a murder charge in the death of his 51-year-old son Robert.

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Peck’s friends say Robert was abusive to his father. Peck was arrested in mid November of 2018 after going to a neighbor’s house on the 2300 block of Juan Street to tell her he just shot his son.

Peck’s attorney claimed in hearings that his client’s son was an alcoholic who was psychologically abusive toward his father.

The elder Peck was described in letters to the court as a kind man and a “quiet gardener” who had never been in trouble with the law.

City News Service contributed to this report.