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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Linn County boy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his uncle, described by relatives as verbally abusive and harsh.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/X8B1uj ) that 17-year-old Johnathan Baker came to live with his uncle, Gary Baker, southeast of Albany in 2006 after his father died and his mother was no longer able to care for him.

Neighbors and family members told investigators the 69-year-old uncle was strict and demanding.

Prosecutor George Eder said the youth was under great emotional distress.

The uncle disappeared last summer. His body was found in a ravine in a barbecue cover that was stapled shut. He had been shot in the back of the head.

The youth pleaded no contest in January to manslaughter.

------ Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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