NAPOLEONVILLE — A Labadieville teen convicted in the fatal, accidental shooting a 17-year-old was sentenced this week to five years in state prison and ordered to pay back his victim's funeral expenses once he gets out.
Assumption Parish prosecutors said Friday that Jamal Starks, 19, 117 Violet St., was with friends and playing with a .38-caliber revolver behind his home on Dec. 20, 2015.
The gun went off and a bullet struck D'Ronald Washington in the head, prosecutors with the 23rd Judicial District said in a statement.
Washington, a native of Napoleonville, was flown to a hospital in Baton Rouge but died two days later, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Starks on Dec. 21, 2015, on various counts. He was booked with a count of negligent homicide after Washington died.
Starks pleaded guilty to the negligent homicide count Aug. 9 and, on Monday, Judge Tess Stromberg of the 23rd Judicial District handed down his sentence at the Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville.
As part of the five-year prison term, Starks will get credit for time served. Stromberg also made reimbursement of Washington's funeral expenses a condition of Starks' parole, prosecutors said.
Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney prosecuted Starks.