MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge says a woman who accidentally shot a friend in the face won’t have to serve any additional jail time and can ask to have her felony conviction expunged after she pays restitution and court costs.
Prosecutors wanted Kennedy DeNoble, 18, to spend six more months in jail and serve probation for shooting Gregory Hampton Jr. at his Madison apartment last year.
Hampton’s mother, Stephanie Brandstetter, told Judge John Hyland on Monday her son has endured one surgery after another during three months in the hospital and still has a long way to go.
The State Journal reports that as part of a plea agreement, DeNoble pleaded guilty in March to injury by negligent use of a weapon.
DeNoble was initially charged with first-degree reckless injury for the shooting, which happened on April 20, 2019, while she was playing with the Hampton’s gun, believing it was unloaded.