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Jan 23, 2013 12:52 PM by AP

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in N.O. shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 45-year-old man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of his granddaughter's 21-year-old father outside a New Orleans restaurant.

The Times-Picayune reports Farrell Sampier was scheduled for trial Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder, facing life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. The plea to manslaughter carries up to 40 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Sampier and his granddaughter's father, 21-year-old Antonio Miller worked at the restaurant, and had been feuding over how Miller was caring for his daughter.

Police says the pair argued and Sampier pulled a gun, shot Miller then fled in his truck.

Sampier will be sentenced at a hearing on March 21.

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