Shooter could be free in 3 years

THE man who fatally shot another man at a McDonald's restaurant on the Gold Coast in 2009 could be out of jail and back on the streets in just under three years.

Samuel Mark Friedman, 26, of Surfers Paradise appeared in the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Richard Doherty, 34, and the unlawful wounding of Ben Matthews, 26.

Police facts stated around 6am on August 15, 2009, Friedman shot Mr Doherty in the torso and wounded Mr Matthews beside the Gold Coast Hwy at Burleigh Heads.

Judge Julie Dick handed down eight years for the two offences, taking into account the 461 days Friedman had already spent in custody.

Friedman will be eligible for parole in two years and eight months.



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