A 25-year-old man was sentenced Thursday in an accidental shooting that killed a man at a Colorado Springs hotel.
Billie Thomas Allen was ordered to serve 18 months in jail in the February death of 29-year-old Justin Dore at a Days Inn on Rusina Road.
A jury convicted Allen of reckless manslaughter at an October trial after hearing testimony that both Allen and Dore were high on methamphetamine when a gun went off while Allen was handling it.
Manslaughter carries a normal presumptive range of up six years in prison.
You see, one way to ensure that the authorities take your negligent gun handling seriously is to be using drugs at the time of the incident. That almost guarantees there will be no slap on the wrist or shrugging it off entirely.