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)

Ex-owner of Moscow candy factory jailed for fatal shooting

December 28, 2017 - 2:09 pm

MOSCOW (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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