Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Michigan Man Gets 7 to 17 years for Accidental Shooting Death

Local news reports

An 18-year-old Muskegon man has been sentenced to 7 1/2 to 17 years in prison for accidentally killing a longtime friend while they were playing with a gun.

Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks issued the sentence Monday to Vance T. Thompson.

Before receiving the sentence, Thompson read a letter saying he feels devastated by the death of 17-year-old Charles White Jr. and says it was like losing a twin.

They say Thompson fled after the Nov. 19, 2013, shooting, then tried to discard the gun.

Thompson pleaded no-contest July 9 to involuntary manslaughter, evidence tampering and possessing a firearm during a felony. A “no contest” plea isn’t an admission of guilt but allows for conviction.

The 6 ways to ensure that you go to jail for an accidental shooting:

1. do it in a residential area
2. lie to the police
3. hide evidence
4. have neck tattoos
5. have dred locks
6. be black or Hispanic

The article mentions the first three but I'll bet he had more than that.

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