- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting death of his girlfriend early New Year’s Day is spending five years on probation and can no longer own a firearm.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1Rg4Nb2) Steven Michael Lucas and Kayley Leavitt stepped outside their apartment with their 3-year-old daughter shortly after midnight on the first day of 2015. Lucas had been drinking, and fired a gun in celebration.

Leavitt was shot, and later died at the hospital.

Defense lawyer Diane B. Howard was in court Wednesday for the plea and sentencing hearing with a stack of letters sent by family and friends of both Lucas and Leavitt asking for leniency.

Lucas’s car now has an interlocking ignition device. Violating any requirements of his probation could mean 14 years in prison.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com


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