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1 year in jail, probation for fatally shooting friend

November 29, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his friend in St. Paul has been sentenced to jail time and probation.

A Ramsey County judge agreed to terms of a plea deal Wednesday and gave Joel Paulson one year in jail and 10 years of probation. Twenty-five-year-old Justin Finklea was accidentally shot by Paulson while the two were drinking at a St. Paul duplex a year ago.

The 32-year-old Paulson told authorities he didn’t think a handgun was loaded when he pointed it jokingly at Finklea and pulled the trigger. Finklea was the father of two sons, ages 6 and 8.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says family members of both men wiped away tears during the sentencing hearing.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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