Anchorage man gets 99 years for murder

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A 48-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing a friend without warning.

Todd Tix was sentenced Friday in Anchorage.

Prosecutors say he went to the home of Terry Tumbleson in February 2007 with a loaded .44 caliber Ruger.

Tix was complaining about a restraining order placed on him by his girlfriend. Prosecutors say Tix stood up during the conversation, and shot his friend three times.

He fled, and was apprehended outside Talkeetna two days later. Before being caught, he called several people and the FBI to tell them he shot Tumbleson.

Tix claimed during his trial that he thought Tumbleson had a gun, so he shot him in self-defense, an argument the jury rejected.

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