Former Marine pleads guilty to killing friend at Spokane party

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 6:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Chad Pratt pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the shooting death of 20-year-old Ciara Hardin. Pratt entered his plea before a packed courtroom.

The judged sentenced Pratt, 20, to 27 months in prison. Pratt’s sentence was the maximum sentence for 2nd degree manslaughter according to the judge. Pratt was also dishonorably discharged from the Marines.

Police said Pratt admitted to accidentally shooting Hardin at a house party along West Newark Road. Court documents showed that Pratt kept saying 'the gun went off' when he was showing it off.

Other people at the house party told police that Pratt moved the gun from the holster on his right hip at least two times prior to the shooting that killed Ciara.

Pratt was drinking when the gun went off, according to Spokane police. Investigators determined Pratt was negligent.

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