H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Dec 11, 2013 2:01 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Former Lompoc prison guard sentenced after motion for new trial is denied

The Lompoc prison guard found guilty of second degree murder in October has been sentenced to 25 years to life after the judge ruled Wednesday against a motion for a new trial.

Timothy McNally was accused of shooting and killing Gary Bent, another prison guard, in a Lompoc hotel room in March of 2012.

Prosecutors say McNally shot Bent while they were drinking at the hotel.

McNally claimed it was an accident.

His attorney, Michael Scott, wanted a mistrial declared because of errors he believed were made during the trial.

The October trial was the second for McNally. In April, a jury wasn't able to reach a verdict.

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