Man gets 10 years for shooting in the dark and killing a friend
5:40 pm, June 5th, 2013
A 23-year-old father of two sons wept and begged for leniency after pleading guilty to killing his friend with a gun shot into the dark, the Rome News Tribune reported. It didn’t work.
Shayne Bryan Crider choked back sobs Tuesday in Floyd County Superior Court as he apologized for fatally shooting his friend, Jason Darren Puryear, in December 2011, the newspaper reported. Crider pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He shot his friend through the wall of a shed where they had been working on a car. After Puryear left, Crider heard a noise outside and shot toward it.
Judge J. Bryant Durham Jr. sentenced Crider Tuesday to 10 years in prison, followed by five years’ probation, the News-Tribune reported. The victim’s family wanted prison time.
“I hope the court will give us a little justice,” said Rita Puryear, the victim’s stepmother. “They’ll get to see their son again. We won’t.”