Man gets prison in accidental shooting death

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — An 18-year-old Muskegon man has been sentenced to 7 1/2 to 17 years in prison for accidentally killing a longtime friend while they were playing with a gun.

Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks issued the sentence Monday to Vance T. Thompson.

Before receiving the sentence, Thompson read a letter saying he feels devastated by the death of 17-year-old Charles White Jr. and says it was like losing a twin.

They say Thompson fled after the Nov. 19, 2013, shooting, then tried to discard the gun.

Thompson pleaded no-contest July 9 to involuntary manslaughter, evidence tampering and possessing a firearm during a felony. A “no contest” plea isn’t an admission of guilt but allows for conviction.

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