A southern Oregon man who told police his assault rifle fired accidentally when he used it as a crutch to get up from a couch has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. The shots fatally injured a 5-year-old girl.
The Daily Courier reports that 30-year-old Jon A. Meyer Jr. of Grants Pass was sentenced Wednesday in a plea agreement on charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault, unlawful possession of a machine gun and delivery of methamphetamine.
Prosecutors say Meyer was holding a semi-automatic rifle that went off last June in the living room of a Grants Pass apartment. The burst of gunfire went into and through the ceiling into an upstairs room, fatally injuring little Alysa Bobbitt of Shady Cove and seriously wounding a woman.
The prosecution and defense disagreed about how much Meyer knew about the gun, which authorities said had been illegally modified to fire fully automatic.