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Jun 11, 2011 12:28 AM by Matt Stafford

Teen convicted of manslaughter, father speaks out

The family of 19-year-old Logan McClelland has mixed emotions after hearing he was found guilty Friday in El Paso County court of reckless manslaughter, instead of the first-degree murder charge he was facing.

"Of course we were hoping for no conviction, but we live with the consequences of our actions and accept it," says Logan's father, Tom McClelland, who was there the day Logan shot 50-year-old Bradley Blehm seven times, killing him. "Considering the charges, this could have been far worse."

According to court records; McClelland, his dad and brother were leaving the Big O Tires store off of Highway 105 in Monument on August 9, 2010 when an employee of the tire store -- who had just been sent home for drinking that day -- confronted the McClellands.

"He went way out of his way to confront me, and violently confront me," says Tom McClelland.

Logan McClelland had changing stories later that day with Sheriff's deputies about the confrontation, but McClelland eventually grabbed a gun from the truck and shot Blehm in the chest.

"Logan was just trying to save his Dad; he just reacted," says Tom McClelland.

"They (the defense) were asking for an acquittal on the basis of self defense, and we felt pretty clear that this was not self defense," explained Amy Fitch, a senior deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District.

It wasn't the charge prosecutors were arguing for, but they were happy with the verdict.

"We agree that people have a right to self defense, but it has to be reasonable," says Fitch.

In this case the jury says the level of defense wasn't reasonable, and Logan McClelland is looking at two to six years behind bars. His sentencing has been set for August 17th.

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