Spc. Patrick Myers will do time for fatally assuming the gun held blanks.
Spc. Patrick Edward Myers, a soldier from Fort Hood, Texas, pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to three and a half years in military prison on Thursday. The Associated Press reports that he will also be demoted to private and will receive a “bad-conduct discharge” after his incarceration.
Myers admitted to accidentally shooting Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young in September, 2012, while the pair were watching a football game at an apartment in Killeen. He told authorities he thought the gun was loaded with blanks and was trying to scare away Pfc. Young’s hiccups. The case was heard in the military court at Fort Hood because both the victim and the perpetrator were soldiers.
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