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Correction: Teen Killed-Sentence story

August 22, 2018

DENVER (AP) — In a story Aug. 18 about a man sentenced for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy, The Associated Press reported erroneously who else was present when the shooting happened. Another teen, not the defendant’s girlfriend, was at the house.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Denver-area man gets 30 years in prison for shooting teen

A Denver-area man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy while he was ‘fooling around’ with a loaded gun

DENVER (AP) — A Denver-area man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy while he was “fooling around” with a loaded gun.

Jefferson County prosecutors said 24-year-old John Martinez and the victim, Zebulon Bacon, were drinking and smoking marijuana on July 24, 2017 when Martinez grabbed a loaded gun at a house in Lakewood.

Prosecutors say Martinez, Bacon and another teen were “fooling around” with the gun when Martinez pointed it at Bacon’s chest and shot him.

Martinez was convicted of manslaughter, assault and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor following a jury trial in June. He was sentenced Aug. 16.

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