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Hermitage man sentenced to life in prison for shotgun slaying of roommate

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A Hermitage man convicted of murdering his roommate has been sentenced to prison. 

Dustin Nichols, 23, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the death of his 18-year-old roommate, as well as an additional four years for cruelty to an animal. 

Nichols was convicted of first and third-degree murder, killing or maiming a domesticated animal and manufacturing with intent to deliver drugs.

Police say Nichols called 9-1-1 on February 6 of last year to report that he had murdered his female roommate, Olivia Gonzalez, several hours earlier inside their home at 1609 Fairlawn Drive home.

Nichols was sitting on front porch and surrendered to police when they arrived.

Police say Nichols confessed to the crimes at the time.

Officers found the body of Gonzalez inside the home. She had been shot several times.

According to police, Nichols shot Gonzalez four times with a 12 gauge shotgun and then struck her in the head with the butt of the gun three times.

Nichols admitted to police that he ingested the hallucinogenic drug LSD at around midnight.

Investigators say that prior to the shootings, Nichols threw a glass bong at a pet cat owned by Gonzalez.

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