Man Convicted of Killing Wildlife Officer Behind Bars Again

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A man convicted of killing a wildlife officer nearly two decades ago is back behind bars in DeFuniak Springs after getting into trouble several times since his release.

Steven Strange was sentenced yesterday to 35 years for several offenses. They were: fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers, garnering a third DUI arrest in 10 years and driving with a suspended license.

Strange was paroled in 2004 after serving half of his original 30-year sentence for third degree murder with a firearm. Colleagues of the victim - state fish and wildlife officer Ray Lynn Barnes - were shocked and furious by what they described as an injustice in Strange's conviction, sentencing and release.

They say this turn of events brings an appropriate conclusion to the saga.

Strange used Barnes' gun - and two rounds of shots - to kill the officer during a hunting trip in 1987.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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