Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tacoma Washington Teen Gets 10 Years for Unintentional Shooting Death

Tanielu Lotovaivai

Jalon Bea

Local news reports

Just last fall, Jalon Bea and Tanielu Lotovaivai were young men going places.
Described as affable, ambitious and hard-working, both had bright futures ahead of them, their families and friends said.
Lotovaivai’s decision to point what he thought was an unloaded gun at Bea and pull the trigger ended all that.
Bea, 17, died after being shot in the chest. Lotovaivai was arrested and earlier this year pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.
On Friday, all the pain and misery that decision spawned came to a head in Pierce County Superior Court, where Lotovaivai was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Tears flowed freely on both sides of the gallery.

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  1. Unintentional????????????????????

    Sounds intentional to me.

    1. I know what you mean, but intentional would have to mean knowing there's a round in the chamber and shooting someone. If you're thinking there's no round in there and fire at someone as a joke or whatever, that's unintentional. It's intentionally pointing the gun at someone in violation of one of the 4 Rules, but it's unintentionally shooting him.

      Either way, one strike you're out covers it. These guys who just happened to be a little darker than your average gun toting idiot are sure to pay.