Ex-owner of Moscow candy factory jailed for fatal shooting

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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.

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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.