Thursday, August 28, 2014

Man pleads no contest in accidental shooting death

West Michigan 18-year-old pleads no-contest after accidentally shooting, killing his friend
Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

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 ( ) 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,

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Updated at 7:30 p.m.
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