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ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) – An Adams County man convicted of shooting and killing his girlfriend last year, after he says he thought she was being attacked in the middle of the night, was sentenced to spend 11 years in a mental health institution, a judge ordered Tuesday.
Coleman Dybul, 29, pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in the death of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Toni Voss.
In court Tuesday, a judge also ordered Dybul to be treated with medication and also said Dybul was never allowed to have a firearm.
Dybul told the court he was sorry and that there's nothing he can do or say, but that he's sorry and hope they accept that.
Investigators say on March 2, 2013 Dybul told them he was sleeping when he was startled and woke up, thinking Voss was being attacked. They say he then shot her with a shotgun he kept by his bed.
Court officials say that plea meant Dybul was found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide. Two other charges were dismissed as part of the plea.
Court records show Dybul told officer he had served in the Marines and was diagnosed with PTSD.
Records revealed that Dybul said he thought he had to neutralize his target, just like his training.
Dybul will receive credit for the 444 days he had already served in the Adams County Jail.
The judge says Dybul can petition the court for release periodically, but that request will be reviewed each time.
Hear from both Dybul's attorney and from prosecutors on Newsline 9 at 11.
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