Squaw Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

A Squaw Lake man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection to the shooting death of a 17-year-old in November of 2015. 

As part of a plea agreement, 18-year-old Walter Charwood entered the plea Tuesday to one count of First Degree Manslaughter. 

Charwood will serve one year in jail and be placed on 15 years of supervised probation. He is also prohibited from possessing firearms. 

The shooting happened on the morning of November 29.  According to the criminal complaint, Charwood loaded the gun inside of the house and flicked off the safety. The gun discharged, striking the 17-year-old victim.  Charwood told police the shooting was an accident, and the victim was one of his best friends. He also said he didn’t know why he loaded the gun inside of the home.    

An autopsy revealed the teen died as a result of a gunshot wound that entered his right dorsal torso and exited the left side of his neck. 

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