A Lexington man pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge of second-degree manslaughter in the 2010 shooting death of his father, a former Mr. Kentucky Power Lifter and successful bodybuilder.
As part of a plea deal, Verdis Kyle Pennington III, 20, would serve a 10-year prison sentence.
Pennington shot his father, Verdis Kyle Pennington Jr., 50, in the head with a .357-caliber handgun at their home on Nakomi Drive during a domestic dispute Nov. 30, 2010, Lexington police said.
Pennington III initially was charged with murder by police, but a grand jury reduced the charge to first-degree manslaughter in a 2011 indictment.
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In a brief explanation to Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine, Pennington III said he got into a "heated argument" with his father, and "I ended up shooting him."
Verdis Pennington Jr. was a wrestler at Tates Creek High School and a successful bodybuilder. He won Mr. Kentucky Power Lifter and several other bodybuilding titles in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Family members have said they thought the two were arguing because the elder Pennington wanted his son to get a job or help out more around the house. But the younger Pennington did not mention that to the judge.
"Did you commit the offense to which you are pleading guilty here today?" Goodwine asked.
"Yes, ma'am," Pennington III said.
Goodwine scheduled final sentencing for Sept. 21.