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Folkston man sentenced to probation in fatal shooting of brother

Special to SEGAZINE

A 19-year-old south Georgia man who fatally shot his 11-year-old brother has been sentenced to two years of probation.

James Tyler Sweatt appeared in court on Monday and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Sweatt was 15-years old when he pulled the trigger of a shotgun he thought was unloaded at his family’s house in 2009. Sweatt was initially charged with felony murder and told prosecutors that he didn’t mean to kill his younger brother.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1ppAssO ) reports that Sweatt told the judge he earned a GED certificate and has a job working with his father. The judge made full-time employment a condition of Sweatt’s probation.

Macon.com.

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