SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man has been given a suspended sentence for accidentally shooting and killing his friend last September.

Nineteen-year-old Stasek Stefanyuk earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 21-year-old Darias Tiger and drug possession. Stefanyuk says he was showing Tiger his new shotgun when he tripped, bumped a wall and accidentally fired the gun, striking Tiger.

Second Judicial Circuit Court Jon Sogn sentenced Stefanyuk to 12½ years in prison, but suspended the entire sentence Tuesday.

Stefanyuk apologized to Tiger's mother in court and recalled Tiger's last words were to tell his mother that he loved her. The Argus Leader says the courtroom was full of family members of both Tiger and Stefanyuk.

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starzlmom28

KSFY said this morning that he will serve 12.5 years in the pen AFTER the suspended part of the sentence.


starzlmom28

KSFY News said he will serve 12.5 years in prison, the amount left over from what was suspended.


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