Minn. Man Gets 90 Days In Friend’s Shooting Death

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HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Burnsville man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail in the accidental shooting death of his best friend.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Cody Schwartz has to serve half of the 90-day sentence. The other 45 days were stayed for one year.

The Star Tribune reports the judge credited Schwartz for serving nine days. Schwartz also was given a year of probation and 50 hours of community service.

Last month, Dakota County District Judge Michael Sovis convicted Schwartz on a misdemeanor charge of recklessly handling a firearm. The judge acquitted Schwartz of second-degree manslaughter and other charges.

Schwartz was accused in the November 2009 shooting of 25-year-old Logan Ahlers. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Schwartz told police he thought his friend was an intruder breaking into his apartment.

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