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Halifax man handed nine-year prison sentence for 2016 killing

Benjamin Joshua Gillis is also getting close to three years for time already served.

Benjamin Joshua Gillis at his arraignment in 2016.

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Benjamin Joshua Gillis at his arraignment in 2016.

A Halifax man has been handed a nine-year prison sentence for a killing two years ago.

Benjamin Joshua Gillis was sentenced this week at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax after pleading guilty last month to manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Blaine Gordon Clothier.

In March 2016, Gillis was arrested at an apartment on Inglis Street and charged with second-degree murder after Clother was found dead inside an apartment building on Autumn Drive.

Gillis was given credit for two years and 318 days for time already served, at a credit of 1.5 per day, so he'll serve another six years and 49 days in prison.

He’s also been given a lifetime firearms ban.

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