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Prison sentence imposed for Augusta man who accidentally shot best friend

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 8:52 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 12:20 AM
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A 20-year-old man who shot his best friend to death while horsing around with a handgun pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter.

Dominique Sullivan also pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two weapon violations. Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Sullivan to serve eight years in prison, followed by five years on probation.

Sullivan and 18-year-old Delarrion Smith were playing with a .45-caliber Colt handgun on Nov. 11, 2013, when Sullivan took the magazine out of the gun, pointed at Smith and pulled the trigger, said Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers. Sullivan didn’t realize a bullet remained in the chamber.

According to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle, the handgun had been stolen from a Columbia County resident four days before the fatal shooting.

Sullivan is still facing an armed robbery charge in Richmond County. He and Smith allegedly held up a North Augusta man who responded to a Craigslist ad to purchase an iPhone. Sullivan was charged with armed robbery after his arrest on the manslaughter charge.

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