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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of his friend has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says 21-year-old Joe Autry Colter was sentenced Friday by Judge Bruce Cohen.

Police say the shooting occurred June 12 in a Glendale apartment where Colter was handling his handgun.

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, fatally wounding him.

Defense attorney Lindsay Abramson has said Colter didn't intend to kill his friend.

Associated Press,

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