UPDATE: Clarksburg man sentenced to life with mercy for shooting and killing his father in 2017

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UPDATE (12/19/2018)

A Clarksburg man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing his father in June of 2017. 

In November, Michael Griffith, 32, of Clarksburg pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for killing his father, Clifford Powers, and was sentenced to life in prison with mercy on Wednesday, according to the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office. Griffith will be eligible for parole in 2032, the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office said.

ORIGINAL (11/1/2018)

A Clarksburg man accused of shooting and killing his father pleaded guilty Thursday.

Michael Griffith allegedly shot and killed his father, Clifford Powers, in June 2017 on Ithaca Drive in the Gregory’s Run Road area, according to West Virginia State Police. Griffith told troopers that Powers had beat him and his mother throughout his childhood.

Griffith appeared in front of Harrison County Circuit Judge Thomas Bedell Thursday and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Griffith said he went to Powers’ house with a loaded firearm to confront him about the abuse and admitted to the court that he shot Powers. Troopers said Powers was shot twice in the neck.

Bedell accepted Griffith’s guilty plea and set sentencing for December 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Family members spoke at Thursday’s hearing and said Griffith has no remorse for killing Powers.

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