A Wood County man will spend one year in jail after being convicted of fatally shooting his friend. Tyler Enkro told investigators he was drinking with Nick Hoffmann, when he accidentally shot and killed him.
Before the sentencing in Wood County court on Monday, the victim's mother asked the judge for leniency.
"I know that Nick, my son, has forgiven Tyler and he is fighting for the justice that Tyler deserves," said Nick Hoffmann's mother Pamela Monfre.
Monfre pleaded for her son's best friend, the person convicted of killing him.
"I stand before you today, asking that Tyler Enkro not be sent to jail, because he has taken responsibility for his actions and has proven to me to be a young man of virtue," Monfre told the court.
Authorities say Enkro and Hoffmann were drinking at a Grand Rapids home in December 2011. They say Enkro was showing Hoffmann his gun, when it went off, the bullet hit Hoffmann and killed him.
Police say Enkro called 911 and said it was an accident. In court, a judge ordered Enkro to spend one year in jail and ten years on probation.
"Guns and alcohol just don't mix and there has to be some serious consequences for what he did," said Wood County District Attorney Craig Lambert.
Enkro's attorney says his client and the victim's mother have become close. He also says Enkro will never forgive himself for killing his friend.
"I know from his close friends and family, it's the first thing he thinks of every morning and the last thing he thinks of every night," said Christopher VanWagner, Tyler Enkro's attorney.
Wood County court officials say more than 25 people wrote letters to the judge on behalf of Enkro. That's something prosecutors say they don't see everyday.
"Mr. Enkro was unique, in that but for this horrible tragic accident and crime, he's otherwise apparently a really good young man," said Lambert.
As part of the sentence, Enkro can not drink alcohol or have a gun. He also must perform 100 hours of community service. The judge also ordered Enkro to honor Hoffmann on the anniversary of his death.