An Ovid teen faces 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to the charge of Manslaughter.
On December 21, 2011, the teen accidentally shot and killed his roommate with a high-powered pellet air rifle. Court records report that the teen informed police that he and his roommate smoked a synthetic marijuana product known as "Mr. Nice Guy"; that they were horse-playing when he fell on the bed on top of the rifle; and when he picked it up, the rifle fired accidentally, fatally wounding his friend in the back.
Under state law, even though the shooting was an accident, because the teen used the loaded rifle in a grossly negligent manner, Manslaughter applies.
Originally charged with Second Degree Murder, the teen pled no contest last week to Manslaughter at a hearing in Clinton County Circuit Court. A sentence hearing is set for May 7, 2012.
Second Degree Murder is all other murder that is not First Degree Murder. It is punishable by life imprisonment, or any term of years.
Manslaughter is a felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years, and/or a fine of up to $7,500.
If an accident has resulted in your being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, it is imperative to retain an experienced defense attorney who can protect your interests and present a solid defense.