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UPDATE: Man charged with first-degree murder after 72-year-old is shot to death

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Jesse Gentle | Jefferson County Jail

RIGBY — The man arrested after a homicide Tuesday morning in Jefferson County has been identified.

Deputies arrested 21-year-old Jesse Gentle for felony first-degree murder. He was arrested at a home on the 4000 block of East 375 North after deputies found 72-year-old Merle Jay Sorensen dead, apparently as a result of a shooting.

Few details have been released about the case thus far, but it’s known that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call just before 2 a.m.

An autopsy on Sorenson is scheduled and the homicide remains under investigation.

Investigators say Gentle and Sorenson are known to each other.

A search of Idaho court records shows little history on Gentle other than a couple of non-violent misdemeanor convictions.

Gentle remains held in the Jefferson County Jail. His bail amount has not been set, although he is expected to show up in court later this week.

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