Jason Kish, 30, pleaded no contest in November to voluntary manslaughter and the use of a firearm for the death of 46-year-old Rodney "Big Kim" Kish, an Oakland native who owned a pest-control business. He was sentenced on Monday.
Kish accepted a plea agreement after being tried twice for first-degree murder. The first trial ended in a mistrial when the judge ruled that the prosecutor improperly questioned a witness. The second trial concluded with a hung jury, with the jury voting 11-1 in favor of conviction.
Prosecutor Mark Eichman said that on April. 4, 1998, Jason Kish drove from the San Diego naval base where he was stationed to Moraga and shot his father in the head as he slept. Eichman said the son was motivated by ongoing abuse by his father, who once served jail time for beating his wife, Lesile Kish.
The District Attorney's Office had alleged Lesile Kish helped plan the killing, but the judge dismissed the murder and conspiracy charges against her for lack of evidence.
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