Ex-owner of Moscow candy factory jailed for fatal shooting

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Ex-owner of Moscow candy factory jailed for fatal shooting

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Ilya Averyanov, the former owner of a Moscow candy factory, is escorted in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Averyanov, the former owner of a Moscow candy factory, argued with its new owner and then fired a hunting rifle, killing a security guard and wounding three other people. The court ordered Thursday to keep him in jail for two months pending investigation. (Andrey Nikerichev, Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

The former owner of a Russian candy factory has been ordered to remain in jail while the slaying of a plant security guard is under investigation.

Investigators said Ilya Averyanov argued with the factory's new owner and opened fire with a hunting rifle on Wednesday, killing the guard and wounding three other people.

Averyanov told a radio station before his arrest he was defending himself against a "gang" that had colluded with Moscow prosecutors to seize his property.

Averyanov told a court he didn't intend to kill anyone and pleaded to be put under house arrest. The court on Thursday instead ordered him jailed for two months.

Court filings show a bankruptcy hearing related to the Menshevik factory is scheduled for January in Moscow.

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