Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Warning Shot Ends Up in Manslaughter Conviction

You know, I've always wondered what happens to those shots in the air bright people do on occasions such as the 4th of July or New Year's Eve. In fact, some people have even been killed in such incidents. This isn't one of 'em, but it's sure reminiscent.

A Hayward, California man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm on Tuesday. Christopher Hollis was called by his friend Meleia Willis-Starbuck, a 19-year-old Dartmouth College student.

Willis-Starbuck called Hollis for help during an argument with UC Berkeley football players - asked him to bring a gun. According to Hollis' attorneys he meant to shoot over the football players' heads to scare them, but he accidentally shot Willis-Starbuck instead.

Not aiming high enough? Or not aiming at all, I guess. Or, and more precisely, not thinking at all.

Hollis will be sentenced July 14th and faces 6 to 21 years in prison.

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