DETROIT (WWJ) – A 63-year-old Detroit lottery winner has been sentenced to 25-30 years in prison in the shooting death of his daughter’s landlord.

Greg McNicol, 45, a native of Australia, was killed in May 2011 outside the Detroit apartment building he owned. Authorities said McNichol was arguing with Freddie Young’s daughter about two months of unpaid rent.

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Widow Kristy McNicol holds up a photo if her husband. (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

In a recorded interview with police, Young said he didn’t realize he was holding the gun until the weapon suddenly went off.

A jury found him guilty of second degree murder.

One of Young’s attorneys, Jeffrey Edison, said his client will appeal the sentence.

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“Well we argued that Mr. Young acted in self-defense and if the jury felt that way, he would be not-guilty of anything. They also had for their consideration — manslaughter,” said Edison. “They could have considered that, too.”

Young’s lottery club shared a $46 million jackpot in February 2011. Each member was to have received about $1.6 million through a cash payout.

A judge temporarily froze Young’s money after McNicol’s widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit.  At the courthouse Wednesday, Kristy McNicol said she was pleased with the sentence.

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“I think that’s the minimum that the whole family was expecting,” she said.