- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to firing shots at a Eugene party where a teenager died.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/22e0MJU ) that Sean Edward Jones of Springfield was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for firing six gunshots when he saw two men ejecting 19-year-old Zachary Beauchamp from the Aug. 30 party.

Jones said at trial that prosecutors offered him a reduced sentence in exchange for his testimony against Beauchamp, who was found guilty of manslaughter in 17-year-old Justin Gardner’s death.

Jones apologized in court for his actions.

During the sentencing, Gardner’s mother spoke about her son’s close relationship with Jones. They had been friends since childhood.

She asked Jones to dedicate part of his life to helping young people avoid making similar mistakes.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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