Kimball pleads ‘guilty’ to shooting, killing brother

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A man pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his brother at a home in Klamath County three years ago.

55-year-old Travis Guy Kimball of Yreka entered his plea Monday to shooting and killing his 51-year-old brother, Troy Kimball.

The shooting happened on the day after Christmas in 2016 at their father’s ranch near Bonanza.

Initially charged with murder, Kimball pleaded guilty to lesser charges as part of a negotiated settlement.

“That included attempted assault in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide, and Mr. Kimball pled to both of those counts,” said Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello. “The murder count was dismissed.”

Defense attorneys had argued that Kimball stabbed, then shot his brother while trying to prevent him from hurting their father.

“There was a long-standing family feud,” Costello said. “Most parties were intoxicated.”

Kimball was sentenced to three years in prison with credit for time served. He’ll be on post-prison supervision for at least three years.

Travis Kimball still faces a civil suit filed by the widow of the victim. She’s seeking $2 million in damages for the death of her husband.

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