BOISE -- A 23-year-old Boise man who admitted shooting and killing his friend last March has been ordered to serve six months to a year in jail and 10 years of probation.
Gregory Shain pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Jan. 9.
On Friday, Fourth District Court Judge Patrick Owen sentenced Shain to 10 years in prison, with the first four years fixed. But he suspended that sentence and instead ordered Shain to spend six months to a year in the Ada County Jail, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. If he violates his probation, Shain will have to serve out the prison sentence.
Prosecuting attorney Whitney Faulkner said the judge also ordered Shain to pay a $5,000 fine, but reduced that by half. Restitution was still to be determined. Faulkner called the sentence "fair."
When he pleaded guilty, Shain told the court that he and 23-year-old Gary Arlen Junior had been dry-firing an unloaded 45-caliber pistol at Arlen's house on March 19, 2012, but someone put a clip back in the gun before Shain fired at Arlen.
Previously in court, deputy prosecuting attorney Brian Naugle said both men had been playing some sort of game that included guns.
Naugle also says there's some evidence that drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in this shooting.
Arlen's family said he'd been shot in the mouth.