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December 1, 2011

7-year Prison Term, More than $3.7 Million Restitution in NBC Executive’s Death

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 2:21 am

SAN FERNANDO – A family friend who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the St. Patrick’s shooting of an NBC Universal finance executive was sentenced today to seven years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution to the victim’s widow.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Stodel said David Armstrong, 32, of Porter Ranch was sentenced by San Fernando Superior Court Judge Beverly O’Connell. Stodel, in a sentencing memo filed with the court, had requested the seven-year term – three years, which is the mid term for the involuntary manslaughter charge, plus four years, the mid term for Armstrong’s use of a gun. The judge also ordered Armstrong to pay $3,795,000 in restitution to the widow of Brian Kaplon, 32.

Kaplon went to Armstrong’s home in the 20000 block of Vercelli Way on March 18 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Near midnight, Armstrong pulled out his new AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and shot Kaplon once as the two men were in the garage. A second round went into the ceiling of the garage.

Stodel said Armstrong, who had been drinking heavily, gave conflicting accounts of what happened. He originally was charged with murder after his arrest by Los Angeles police. The murder count was dismissed at sentencing.

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