- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman has been ordered to spend two years on probation in connection with the shooting death of a friend.

The (Alton) Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1y8Ik4k) reports that 27-year-old Katelyn Stapleton of Collinsville pleaded guilty Wednesday in Madison County to involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to 10 months in prison, but a judge credited her for the 10 months she already has spent in jail since the February shooting.

Authorities say the shooting that killed Andrew Birch happened accidentally when the two were handling a gun at Birch’s home five days before his 24th birthday.

Birch’s mother, Dawn Birch, addressed the court during Wednesday’s sentencing, telling Stapleton that she is bothered by the woman’s supposed lack of remorse for what Birch called a “careless, senseless act.”

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Information from: The Telegraph, https://www.thetelegraph.com

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