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18-year-old gets probation in shooting death of nephew, 2

June 7, 2018

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — An 18-year-old has been sentenced to four years of probation for fatally shooting his 2-year-old nephew while playing “cops and robbers” with a real handgun.

The Herald & Review reports a judge said Wednesday that Zachary M. Pherigo’s greatest punishment would be living with what he did. Judge Jeffrey Geisler also said Pherigo showed genuine remorse.

Pherigo has said he found the handgun a day before the Oct. 14 shooting death. He said he was holding it when it went off accidentally, hitting Justin Lee Murphy Jr. in the back.

Pherigo pleaded guilty in March to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated discharge of a firearm and obstruction of justice for giving police false information. Murder charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.

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Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com

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