Clinch shot and killed his brother-in-law, Jeremy Bohannon, on Sept. 2, 2007, in a McDonald's parking lot in Columbia. Clinch said he shot Bohannon after the brother-in-law threatened Amanda Clinch Jeremy Bohannon's wife and Clinch's sister and the couple's three children.

Boone County Circuit Court Judge Gary Oxenhandler sentenced Clinch to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a mandatory sentence for first-degree murder.

Copy of the appeal opinion