FLINT (WWJ/AP) – A man has been sentenced to time served after admitting he inadvertently fired a shot that killed his 11-year-old cousin on the porch of a house in Flint.
Tovonte Jones, 25, was sentenced to five years of probation and given time served for the 444 days he already spent in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the March 2015 death of William L. Coppage, The Flint Journal reported.READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
Jones says he mishandled the gun. He apologized for his cousin’s death and told the court Tuesday: “This tragedy has really haunted me.”READ MORE: Tillson Street's Halloween Displays Draws Thousands
Jones earlier faced a second-degree murder charge, but a plea agreement was reached with prosecutors.
William was a sixth-grader at Burton Glen Charter School in neighboring Burton.MORE NEWS: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
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