08/03/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Simpson Gets 72 years For Murder At Child's Birthday Party

Dressed in pajamas and armed with a handgun for a night walk with a friend in his Clifton neighborhood, Michael Simpson was unprovoked when he stormed into a house and fired multiple shots, killing a man and wounding three others at a child's birthday party last summer.

Drunk and high on painkillers, Simpson tried to kick out a window in a patrol car, spewed racial epithets at jailers and railed against people "ruining our country."

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