RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A state appellate court has upheld the murder conviction of a New York man who shot and killed a man with a bow and arrow.

The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected Thomas Sirico’s argument that he was too intoxicated at the time of the shooting to be held responsible.

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Sirico acknowledged he acted carelessly on the night of Jan. 8, 2006, when he shot Juan Carlos “Angel” Munoz. But he argued he should have been convicted of a lesser charge, not murder.

Prosecutors said Sirico was drinking and arguing with a roommate on the day of the slaying. Munoz was across the street at a neighbor’s house in Mastic when Sirico suspected he made a wisecrack and fired at him.

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The 39-year-old is serving 25 years to life in prison.

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