Man sentenced to up to 18 years in Wyoming slaying

Apr 13, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A South Carolina man will spend between 13 and 18 years in prison for the slaying of a carnival worker.

Thirty-one-year-old Bradley O. Petty was sentenced Thursday in Cheyenne on one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jerry Moshier. He previously pleaded no contest under a deal with prosecutors.

Moshier worked for a carnival at Cheyenne Frontier Days and his body was found in a lake on Aug. 4, 2010. Authorities say Petty put Mosher in a chokehold until he became unconscious before putting him in the lake. Court documents say he also took $34 from Moshier's wallet.

District attorney Scott Homar said the only evidence prosecutors had was the testimony of a woman who was with them at the time.

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