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Man convicted in slaying prompted by errant baseball bat

Posted July 17, 2009 10:48 a.m. EDT

— A Goldsboro man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for murder in an incident last summer that began with one child accidentally hitting another with a baseball bat.

A jury found Timothy Vaughn, 37, guilty of second-degree murder in the June 14, 2008, shooting death of James Brewington. He was sentenced to 189 to 236 months in prison.

Witnesses told police that the two men's sons were playing baseball in the neighborhood when Vaughn's son accidentally conked Brewington's son on the head with a metal baseball bat.

Brewington got upset when his son came home with a lump on his head, so he went to find out what happened, according to witnesses. After he confronted Vaughn's son, the boy went home crying, prompting Vaughn to come outside.

The two men argued before Vaughn pulled a gun and shot Brewington three times – twice in the abdomen and once in the neck.

Brewington died on his way to Wayne Memorial Hospital.