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Man accused in accidental shooting close to plea deal

August 31, 2018

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The lawyer for a Vermont man who said a gun was unloaded before it was used to kill his friend says he has reached a deal with prosecutors.

The Rutland Herald reports attorney Mark Furlan says the deal would have his client 23-year-old Jonathan Testa face a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment instead of manslaughter.

Furlan said Thursday other charges would be dismissed.

Police say Testa brought a stolen gun into a car where his friends were drinking in 2016 in Poultney.

Authorities say William Bailey killed 19-year-old Daniel Hein when he was challenged to point the gun at the man and pull the trigger. Bailey is serving a two-year prison sentence after a no-contest plea to a manslaughter charge.

Testa’s change of plea hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5.

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