Man who killed brother with pool cue sentenced to prison

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Cory James Hix

IDAHO FALLS — A man who killed his brother by striking him with a pool cue at a bar was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Cory James Hix, 41, will serve up to 13 years with two of the years fixed and 11 years indeterminate. District Judge Bruce Pickett handed down the sentence.

Hix was originally charged with aggravated battery with the use of a deadly weapon in relation to the death of his 39-year-old brother Jeremy R. Hix.

Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Clark amended the charges to voluntary manslaughter on Sept. 27. Hix’s charge was enhanced due to the use of a deadly weapon, adding up to an additional 15 years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the enhancement.

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The altercation occurred at Pockets on Northgate Mile on Sept. 18. Court documents show Hix rushed his brother to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center around 2:40 a.m. and told officers they had been playing pool. He said he accidentially hit Jeremy in the head with the pool stick and caused it to break.

Jeremy passed away at EIRMC the next day.

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