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North Augusta man gets probation in fatal shooting of brother

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AIKEN - A man who accidentally shot his brother in October will serve 18-months of probation.

Antonio Middleton, 20, of North Augusta, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in General Sessions Court Tuesday. Middleton was sentenced to a Youthful Offender Act sentenced not to exceed five years, which was suspended to probation. The family requested that Middleton not serve time for shooting of his 21-year-old brother Lee Andrew Middleton, said Assistant Solicitor David Miller. The incident happened at the brother's apartment complex in the 400 block of Bradleyville Road on Oct. 2.

The victim died from injuries of one gunshot wound to the chest, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson said the shooting was not done out of malice or intent at the end of the investigation.

"Mr. Middleton did have the gun in his hand, and it discharged," Pearson said shortly after the incident. "He has to take responsibility for that."

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themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/10/10 - 02:07 pm
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Talk about a slap on the

Talk about a slap on the wrist. Every criminal who reads this who commits a gun crime will use this as a defense. "I really didn't mean to."

justus4
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justus4 02/10/10 - 02:23 pm
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Of course there is something
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Of course there is something that don't seem right about this case. Boy shoots brother, and it is ruled an "accident" which rarely happens in cases involving U know who. And then, "the family requested that Middleton not serve time" is another profound development which is selectively applied to cases. In short, this sentence is extremely light which can mean only one thing, and U already know the awswer. How shameful.

1beachbum
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1beachbum 02/10/10 - 03:03 pm
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justus4, get a new hobby! Who

justus4, get a new hobby! Who the heck is "U know who", anyway?!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 02/10/10 - 03:09 pm
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Justus, you seem to be

Justus, you seem to be speculating on the particulars of this case and why the living brother only got a slap on the wrist. Perhaps if you were to look the original story up in the archives you will find some answers as well as surprises. I do agree with you on one item... "How shameful"!

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dstewartsr 02/10/10 - 03:38 pm
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Well, in this case, it DID

Well, in this case, it DID involve, "U know who."

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/10/10 - 03:47 pm
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I know the answer to that

I know the answer to that question and a few more, but due to the new policy enforcements about speaking of other posters, I can not comment without being removed. haha

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missapple113 02/13/10 - 10:16 pm
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wow but michale faulks is

wow but michale faulks is convicted to life plus 5 years for accidently shooting his best friend. im sure the difference in thier economic statuses played a role in the difference between never seeing the streets again and a slap on the wrist.

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