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Man sentenced to five yearsfor shooting

Thursday, September 4, 2003

A man who pleaded guilty in the accidental shooting death of a teenage girl was sentenced to five years in prison.

Lathan Barnett, 25, of Sheldon, was sentenced Tuesday in O'Brien County District Court. He pleaded guilty in July to involuntary manslaughter in the Oct. 8 death of Shelley Gonnerman, 17, of Sheldon.

Barnett accidentally fired a sawed-off shotgun in a Sheldon apartment, in northwest Iowa, striking Gonnerman in the face.

Barnett also was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to Gonnerman's estate.

A federal weapons charge is pending against Barnett.

Shane Meyer, 22, Sheldon, a former Storm Laker, was sentenced to 87 months in prison on federal firearms charges for stealing guns, including the one that shot Gonnerman, from his parents.

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