New England teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager who accidentally shot and killed his 15-year-old girlfriend has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Eighteen-year-old Anthony Diaz, of Springfield, had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the April 2016 shooting death of Daneyshkalis "Daney" Davila, but reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to the lesser charge Monday.
The Republican newspaper reports that the plea came seven weeks after a judge rejected the defense's argument that the murder charge was excessive and should be dismissed because the shooting was accidental.
The girl's brother told investigators that the then-17-year-old Diaz was spinning the chamber of a revolver when the cylinder snapped shut and the gun fired, striking the victim in the abdomen. Diaz was charged as a youthful offender.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21.