Dad Who Accidentally Killed Son Gets Probation, Fine

A southwestern Pennsylvania man who fatally shot his teenage son while cleaning a handgun has been sentenced to five years' probation and fined $500.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012  |  Updated 8:47 AM EDT
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Dad Who Accidentally Killed Son Gets Probation, Fine

Kirk Weddle

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A southwestern Pennsylvania man who fatally shot his teenage son while cleaning a handgun has been sentenced to five years' probation and fined $500.

Somerset County prosecutors say 44-year-old Robert Duda received a sentence with no jail time because the death of his 14-year-old son Bryan was a "tragic accident."
 
Investigators say Robert Duda was cleaning a handgun inside his Somerset Township home on Sept. 15, 2011, when he pointed the gun at the boy thinking it was unloaded.
 
A Tuesday's sentencing Robert Duda told a judge he wants "no more to do with guns" following his son's death. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in October.
 
Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser says Bryan Duda's death is a terrible reminder of the importance of gun safety.

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