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A Monticello man who fatally shot a Pine Bluff man outside a gas station in Monticello in October 2016 pleaded guilty last week to manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Charles H. Dobbins, III, 38, of Monticello was sentenced to 20 years in prison for manslaughter and 10 years in prison for aggravated assault.

Hunter Laney, 25, of Pine Bluff was shot and killed around 2 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016 as he sat in the driver’s seat of his vehicle at a gas station on U.S. 278 West. A female in Laney’s vehicle was wounded in the gunfire and taken to Drew Memorial Hospital. Another passenger in the vehicle was was not injured.

The shooting apparently stemmed from a dispute that began at a nearby Monticello nightclub.

After leaving the nightclub, Laney pulled onto the parking lot of a gas station on U.S. 278 West. A light colored SUV truck followed. Someone from inside the SUV began firing at the Laney vehicle, striking two of three people inside, according to State Police.

Laney, who was shot multiple times, was killed in the shooting.

Dobbins was originally charged with first-degree murder, three counts of committing terroristic acts, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dobbins, sentenced as a habitual offender which carries sentencing enhancements, has a lengthy criminal history dating back to October 2000. His prior convictions include robbery, residential burglary, theft, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, and DWI.