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GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — An East Carolina University dropout says he shot and killed his father to cover up a three-year charade in which he lied about attending graduate school to get money from his family.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports 26-year-old Kevin Kleber pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder.

He was sentenced to between nine and 12 years in prison.

Police say Kleber shot Roy Kleber of Vero Beach, FL, in January 2011. The older man had come to Greenville to help his son move to what Kevin Kleber claimed was a new job at Walt Disney World after getting a master’s degree.

In reality, Kevin Kleber never attended grad school while taking money from his father. He initially tried to blame the shooting on a black man, but eventually confessed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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