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.
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