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Man given 20 years behind bars in death of his mother
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Robert Timothy Stargel

Bobby Arrington told prosecutors he cannot get the images out of his head, the sights of the crime scene where his wife Linda Arrington lay dying.

Linda Arrington, 69, of Gainesville, was shot in the back of the head in addition to suffering deep cuts to her head.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance showed Robert Timothy Stargel, 55, roughly a dozen photos from the Dec. 3, 2018, scene on Skyview Drive.

“He wants to be sure that regardless of what Timothy Stargel remembered or was thinking about or what was in his head that at least we knew in court he had those in his head, too,” Vance said of Arrington.

Stargel pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the death of his mother, a crime Vance called “heinous and hideous.”

Arrington was found by her husband around 6:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in their Skyview Drive home off Ahaluna Drive. 

Vance said there was some sort of fight before the fatal gunshot.

According to the indictment, the shooting happened between Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.

Stargel was originally charged with malice murder and felony murder, but those charges were amended to voluntary manslaughter as part of the plea deal.

Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver imposed a 40-year sentence on Stargel, with the first 20 years to be served behind bars. Stargel will receive credit for time served since Dec. 3, and the rest of the sentence may be served on probation. 

Compared to murder, voluntary manslaughter is defined as the “result of a sudden, violent, and irresistible passion resulting from serious provocation.”

Vance said she felt there may have been some issues taking the case to trial, including Linda Arrington’s past involvement with firearms.

“The pivotal moment in this case occurred when Mr. Stargel’s mother confronted him with a pistol which immediately ignited personal flashbacks of his mother’s own gunshots when angry, as detailed by counsel for the state (of Georgia). This led to a compromise result which left everyone feeling equally unhappy but brought full closure to the event,” defense attorney Larry Duttweiler said in a statement.


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