FAIRBANKS (AP) A North Pole man was sentenced Wednesday to ten years in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl last July.
Ernest Elizardo, 28, had pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in February. He faced a maximum of 20 years in prison under a plea agreement.
Alaska State Troopers initially thought the shooting of Jenny Cullen on July 9, 2002, was an accident.
But after further investigation, troopers decided the shooting of the North Pole girl was intentional.
According to the criminal complaint against him, Elizardo had been drinking that night and got into an argument with his brother. He told troopers that he went outside and shot at a tree before reloading the gun and going back inside. The bullet he fired then struck the girl behind her left ear.
Besides the prison term, Elizardo was sentenced to ten years of probation.
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