Soldier pleads guilty to shooting Cape Cod man
BARNSTABLE, Mass.—A soldier who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for killing a comrade from Cape Cod during a game of "quick draw" while the pair was deployed to Iraq has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison.
The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/H2yIC3) reports that Brent McBride entered his plea during a court martial at Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday.
Authorities say McBride accidentally shot and killed Sgt. Matthew Gallagher of Falmouth, Mass. last June, a week before his 23rd birthday as the two played a game in which they drew and aimed their handguns at each other.
McBride was also demoted to private and dishonorably discharged.
Gallagher's mother and wife both expressed disappointment at what they considered a lenient sentence.
A tearful McBride said he asks for God's forgiveness every day.
Information from: Cape Cod Times, http://www.capecodonline.com