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A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the fatal shooting of a neighbor as she cleared snow near her home.

WOOD-TV reports that 64-year-old Wendell Popejoy was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty last month of first-degree murder.

Sheila Bonge was slain in December 2017 outside her Crockery Township home, northwest of Grand Rapids. Police say she was shot while snowblowing an easement that she and neighbors used to get to their driveways.

Members of her family found Bonge's body under snowfall down a hill behind Popejoy's house.

After his arrest, Popejoy told police that the 59-year-old Bonge was a "nuisance to the neighborhood" and the killing was a "snap decision."

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