Man gets 4 years in deadly Texas City shooting

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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.

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