Man gets 4 years in deadly Texas City shooting

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A man has been sentenced to four years in prison after firing a shot that ricocheted off the ground and hit and killed a bystander during a fight outside a Texas City convenience store.

The Galveston County Daily News reports 25-year-old Charmon Leon Smith was sentenced Monday. He had been charged with murder in the April 2012 death of 50-year-old Marion Glenn Hines but was convicted by a jury of the lesser offense of manslaughter.

Police say Smith argued with a 17-year-old outside the convenience store and tried to hit the teenager with a pistol. But the teen blocked the blow and Smith’s gun fell to the pavement. The weapon fired, and a bullet hit Hines, who was not involved. Hines died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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