- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to three years of probation in the killing of his friend in southeast Wichita.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1WMqjHv ) reports that 20-year-old Octevious Loudermilk was sentenced Thursday in the death of 22-year-old Tajay McGee. Loudermilk pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. If Loudermilk violates the terms of his probation, he could be incarcerated for 38 months.

McGee was found dead in the basement of a duplex with a gunshot wound to the head in October 2015. Authorities characterized the shooting as an accident.

Loudermilk’s attorney said that the two friends were “playing with a gun, loading it and unloading it,” when Loudermilk pulled the trigger without realizing that it was loaded.

Loudermilk has also been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to the Kansas Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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