Man pleads guilty in 3-year-old’s shooting death

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son while playing a gun game with the boy.

Twenty-four-year-old Zachariah Grisham of Michigan City pleaded guilty to a felony charge of child neglect during a LaPorte County court hearing Thursday.

Authorities say Grisham pointed a handgun at Lance Wilson while the boy was pointing a toy gun back. Grisham told police he forgot his gun was loaded before it fired, killing Lance.

Prosecutors had charged Grisham with a more-serious count of child neglect causing death and reckless homicide. He faces a sentence of eight year to 20 years in prison. His sentencing hearing hasn’t yet been scheduled. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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