Man accepts plea in half-brother's death

WARREN — A 20-year-old city man, accompanied by his mother, accepted a plea agreement today that could send him to prison for one to five years for accidentally shooting to death his 7-month-old half brother with a sawed off shotgun.

David E. Young, 20, of School Street N.W., pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Adam Gunter. He will be sentenced after an investigation by the county’s Adult Probation Department.

Chris Becker, assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, told Judge W. Wyatt McKay that on Dec. 3, 2005, Young was handling a sawed off shotgun at the School Street address, pointed it at a wall and fired.

The bullet struck Gunter in the abdomen as he slept in his crib in the next room, killing him. Becker said Young has admitted to police that his intoxication was the primary reason for the accident.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped charges of using weapons while intoxicated and unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance. Young could also be fined up to $10,000. Young, whose trial on the three charges was scheduled to begin Monday, came to court with his mother, Robin Thompson Gunter, who is also the baby’s mother.

Becker said Gunter wanted all charges dropped against Young.

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