A Champaign man who admitted he accidentally killed his girlfriend earlier this year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.As we mentioned when the story broke, it seems you have to be a criminal gun owner in order to be held responsible for negligence. That's wrong. Lawful gun owners who do this should be punished as well. Too often they're not.
Antonio L. Brown, 20, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Paula Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of weapon by a felon in connection with the Jan. 11 shooting death of Sydni Kay Blackwell.
Ms. Blackwell, 20, of Williamsport, Ind., died at Carle Foundation Hospital almost 10 hours after being shot by Brown in a room at the Super 8 Motel, 202 W. Marketview Drive, C.
Both she and Brown told police that Brown improperly handled the gun, causing it to fire, about 3 a.m. that Friday.
Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Ms. Blackwell gave police a recorded statement after her first surgery.
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