MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — An 18-year-old from Muskegon has pleaded no contest to several charges in the accidental shooting death of his friend.
The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1oI5tYh ) reports that Vance T. Thompson will likely serve between seven and 17 years in prison for fatally shooting 17-year-old Charles “C.J.” White, Jr. last November.
Police say Thompson accidentally shot White while the two were horsing around with a gun, then he fled the scene and tried to dispose of the gun.
Thompson will be sentenced for 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.
Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks scheduled sentencing for Aug. 20.
Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon