STAR CITY — Jeffery Wayne Ratterree, 46, of Star City, was found guilty Friday of manslaughter in the Oct. 10, 2010, shooting death of Michael King, 54, of Dumas.

STAR CITY — Jeffery Wayne Ratterree, 46, of Star City, was found guilty Friday of manslaughter in the Oct. 10, 2010, shooting death of Michael King, 54, of Dumas.

During the trial in Lincoln County Circuit Court, Ratterree was sentenced to nine years in the Department of Correction.

The jury also had the option of convicting Ratterree of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or finding him not guilty.

The jury first came out with the maximum sentence of 10 years, but after Public Defender John Cone polled the jury, one juror said he didn’t agree with the sentence.

Circuit Judge Berlin Jones then sent the jury back for further deliberations and they later agreed on the nine-year sentence. The minimum sentence for manslaughter would have been three years in prison.

Cone said he was satisfied with the verdict.

“I felt like there were some things we tried to get in that we weren’t allowed to get in,” Cone said. “But, based on the trial as it took place and all the rulings that were made, I was satisfied. I would have liked for it to have been a few years less, but I’m not jumping up and down screaming.”

However, Cone said he still intends to file an appeal.

“There are some issues I’d like to take up and find out about,” Cone said.

Cone said he and public defender Sherry Sciffert basically followed the same defense strategy as Cone and Timothy Bunch did at the first trial, which ended in a hung jury Aug. 26, 2011.

“Last time it ended up 10 (jurors) for manslaughter and two for second-degree murder and this time it ended up 12 for manslaughter,” Cone said.

Prosecutor Kyle Hunter and deputy prosecutor Wayne Juneau could not be reached for comment by press time.