FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man pleaded no contest Friday to second-degree murder for killing his brother.
David Esmailka, 41, was convicted of shooting Crispin Esmailka Jr., 31, with a rifle early April 6. He originally was charged with first-degree murder.
As part of the agreement, Esmailka will be given a maximum of 30 years in prison. The minimum sentence for second-degree murder is 10 years.
Crispin Esmailka was shot in the home he sometimes shared with his father and brother. His father was asleep at the time but a niece witnessed the shooting.
She told troopers her two uncles had argued. She said David Esmailka went to his room, retrieved a rifle and began shooting. One bullet hit Crispin Esmailka in the abdomen.
Troopers said alcohol was a factor in the incident.
David Esmailka is to be sentenced Jan. 23.
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