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Man who says he accidentally shot friend while drinking near Carbondale gets 1 year probation


GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — A 43-year-old man who says he accidentally shot his friend while the two were drinking in a shed near Carbondale has been sentenced to a year of probation.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports ( ) Carmello Cruz was sentenced Wednesday for the Oct. 13 shooting of his friend Rocky Mendez. Cruz pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and third-degree degree assault with a deadly weapon.

After the shooting, he fled the scene at the urging of his friends and threw the weapon onto a nearby hill. He later called police and turned himself in.

Cruz also was sentenced to 90 days in jail but has already served 179 days.

Information from: Post Independent,

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