Probation Given For Criminally Negligent HomicideFeatured Stories, News Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
A College Station man is out of jail after entering a plea agreement in the shooting death of his roommates girlfriend on New Year’s Day in 2012.
23 year old Kenneth Connor had spent the last 14 months in jail, unable to post bond after being charged with criminally negligent homicide.
Connor said he didn’t know his roommate’s 9 mm pistol was loaded when he was waving it around and it went off. One shot hit and killed 21 year old Whitney Pullen.
Connor, who recently appeared in Brazos County District Court, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
He was given ten years probation in part, according to Assistant District Attorney Ryan Calvert, because of the time Connor was in jail for what was determined to be an accidential shooting.
Calvert says the 14 months Connor spent in the county jail after being arrested is equivalent to the prison time he would have asked. The prosecutor said 10 years probation was the longest allowed by state law.
Conditions of the probation include no contact with the victims family, undergoing substance abuse treatment, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay fines and fees totaling almost $4,000 dollars.
Connor also agreed to help prosecutors in their case against his roommate and Pullen’s boyfriend. 24 year old Colin Mchenry is charged with felony possession of a firearm and is scheduled to go on trial May 14.
Mchenry told investigators Connor pointed the gun at Pullen and pulled the trigger. Officers were also told all three had smoked marijuana prior to the shooting.
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