Phoenix man pleads guilty to manslaughter

Joe Colter

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 7:38 PM

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix man pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the shooting death of his friend at a Glendale apartment.

Joe Autry Colter, 21, faces seven to 21 years in prison in the June 12 shooting death.

Police say the shooting occurred while Colter was joking around with a handgun that he bought for protection.

Investigators say Colter believed he was ejecting a round from his gun's chamber but another bullet in fact moved into the chamber.

He then pointed the gun at the victim and expected to hear "click" when he pulled the trigger.

Instead, Colter shot his friend, who later died at a hospital.

Defense attorney, Lindsay Abramson, says Colter didn't intend to kill his friend, but his actions were dangerous and reckless.

Sentencing is set for May 23.

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