Cumberland Times-News

December 18, 2012

Western Md. man faces sentencing for manslaughter


Associated Press

— CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland man faces sentencing in a fatal shooting stemming from a property line dispute.

Seventy-year-old Alexander Malaska of Oldtown faces the possibility of 10 years in prison at his sentencing Tuesday in Cumberland.

A jury convicted him in September of voluntary manslaughter in the death in March of 43-year-old Dennis Liller.

Police say the shooting stemmed from a dispute over three trees between Malaska's house and his neighbor's. Malaska's son Michael allegedly cut down the trees.

Liller then went to Malaska's house along with the neighbor's daughter. Police say Liller and Michael Malaska got into a fistfight. That's when Alexander Malaska fired a rifle shot that hit Liller in the upper torso.