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BURLINGTON (KWWL) -  A 43-year-old Fort Madison man is scheduled to be sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter.
   Lenard "Ray" Polhans had made a deal with prosecutors who lowered the original charge of first-degree murder in exchange for Polhans' pleas to the manslaughter charge and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted in the June 1 shooting death of 35-year-old Marvin "Whitey" Sutton in Burlington.
   Polhans has maintained his innocence since his arrest, saying he acted in self-defense after Sutton used a hammer to strike him in the back during an argument.

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