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Brothers Plead Guilty To Killing Man After Dispute Over Dog

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REDLANDS (AP) — Four days before their trial was set to start, two men in Southern California have pleaded guilty to a killing that began with a dispute over a loose dog at a Redlands park.

Redlands police said Saturday that 24-year-old Peter Soto pleaded guilty to murder Friday and will be sentenced to 29 years-to-life in prison, and his 22-year-old brother Paul Soto pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will get seven years.

Police say in May 2008, Peter Soto and 48-year-old Ricky Davis got into an argument over Davis’ dog, which was running loose at Jennie Davis Park.

Authorities say Peter Soto felt that Davis had “disrespected” in front of his brother and daughter, and the brothers left and returned with weapons. Police say Peter Soto then shot Davis in the head.

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