- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a fatal shooting.

The Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/1K1IYrW ) reports that 53-year-old Gordon Knight admitted Thursday to accidentally shooting and killing 60-year-old Jackie Swearingin last year.

Court documents say Knight told deputies he and Swearingin had been consuming alcohol and target shooting earlier that day. The two then went inside Knight’s home. Knight told deputies that he was handing Swearingin a gun when it accidentally went off, shooting Swearingin in the face.

Court documents say an investigator had spoken with a friend of Swearingin. The friend said Knight had “previously threatened to kill Swearingin.”

Under a plea agreement, Knight faces a seven-year prison sentence, the maximum for first-degree involuntary manslaughter. The sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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