A Sligo man who was acquitted of murder but convicted of both aggravated and simple assault in the death of his father last year was sentenced Wednesday to 70-to-140 months in state prison.
55 year-old James Shimmons was convicted of the assault charges earlier this month in a Clarion County Court case surrounding the death of 79 year-old Cloyd Shimmons following a fight between the men at the victim’s residence in Sligo in July, 2012. The defendant had claimed he acted in self-defense after he was attacked by his father during a rant by the older man over loud music and people having sex in his house.
Cloyd Shimmons died two days after the altercation.
James Shimmons will be given credit for more than 13 months of jail time already served.