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Central Point man gets 17 years for killing roommate

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A man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in prison for a 2019 shooting outside Central Point that stemmed from a feud between roommates.

David Vaughn Bullard, 51, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to second-degree manslaughter, admitting he shot 38-year-old Nicholas Patrick Kubasiak during a Nov. 21, 2019 dispute outside their residence in the 6600 block of Ponderosa Street, according to a news release from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Kubasiak had reportedly slashed Bullard’s tires and menaced him with a knife the morning of the shooting, according to Deputy District Attorney Ruby Herriott.

At 3:30 that afternoon, Bullard started an argument while Kubasiak was grilling hamburgers outside the home and recorded audio of the altercation on his phone.

In the audio, Bullard was heard telling Kubasiak to put the knife away. Kubasiak responded by saying he did not have a knife.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives found a knife lying next to Kubasiak’s body at the scene.

The home’s owner, Jerrimy Richards, told Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives at the time that Bullard and Kubasiak were in the process of being evicted in part because of their volatility. Richards has since passed away.

Bullard initially faced charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the case, but with Richards no longer able to testify in court and another key witness living out of state, prosecutors instead negotiated a plea agreement with Bullard, represented by defense lawyer Donald Scales.

Bullard was sentenced Wednesday to 204 months in prison followed by three years of post-prison supervision. He was also ordered to pay restitution to Kubasiak’s family for funeral expenses.