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Snyder man sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing daughter

SNYDER, Texas - A Snyder man was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison in connection with the October 2012 shooting death of his 26-year-old daughter.

A Scurry County jury had previously convicted James Smith of murder for killing his daughter, Mattie.

Smith still faces aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges for allegedly also shooting his wife, Jeanie, during an argument that apparently got out of control. Jeanie Smith lived after she was taken to a Lubbock hospital.

According to Snyder police, the altercation took place at the Smith home in the 1300 block of 23rd Street.

Police have said he was still at the scene when officers arrived and was cooperative.

Texas Rangers and the Scurry County District Attorney's Office assisted Snyder police with the investigation.

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