A 13 year prison term has been imposed for a Kingman man who used a hatchet to kill a man he was trying to evict from his property. The punishment imposed March 9 in the case against Joshua McCoy, 29, was the most possible under terms of a plea agreement resulting in a second degree murder conviction.

Law enforcement authorities and attorneys concur that McCoy had allowed the victim to reside on his property for about a week before trying to get him to leave. McCoy found that 61-year-old Gregory Godsil broke into his garage before the deadly encounter.

Prosecutor Jacob Cote said McCoy was armed with a hatchet when he confronted Godsil in the garage in late July, 2015. McCoy claimed Godsil reached for a tool to use as a weapon before he was struck five times in the head with the hatchet.

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