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Pig Owner Guilty of Man's Murder Awaits Punishment

The punishment phase in a Leon County murder trial will continue Friday.

Daniel Tolopka was found guilty of killing Army veteran Joseph Clampitte in 2006. Tolopka was convicted of shooting Clampitte five times after Clampitte killed Tolopka's prize pigs. Clampitte told authorities he thought the pigs were digging through his flower beds.

Authorities say Tolopka found the pigs dead, then fired 15 shots at the 50-year-old Clampitte.

It took the Leon County a little more than an hour to come back with the guilty verdict.

The District Attorney's office says arguments in the punishment phase were presented throughout the day Thursday, and the jury could begin deliberating a punishment for Tolopka Friday. He faces up to life in prison for the crime.


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