Hutchins told the board he does not remember carrying a .308-caliber rifle half a block down the street and shooting his stepfather once in the chest because he "blacked out."

But the three-member panel said court records show Hutchins' mother called police after he had talked of committing suicide, saying that it "wouldn't be a pretty sight," and that if he "went," somebody else would too.

After the victim was shot, a former police officer was able to take the weapon away from Hutchins, whose blood-alcohol level was later measured at .22 percent.

Hutchins was initially charged with second-degree murder, but he pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of manslaughter. He was sentenced to one-to-15 years in prison for the killing and one year for a weapons violation.