Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boy Who Shot Girl to Death Gets Probation; Shooting of 13-Year-Old Ga. Girl Described as 'Tragic, Tragic Accident'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boy Who Shot Girl to Death Gets Probation; Shooting of 13-Year-Old Ga. Girl Described as 'Tragic, Tragic Accident'

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Byline: Barry L. Paschal

EVANS, GA. | A 14-year-old Grovetown, Ga., boy who shot and killed a 13-year-old girl on Halloween was sentenced to two years' probation Friday morning in Columbia County Juvenile Court.

In addition, Judge Doug Flanagan ordered Christian Neibel to undergo continued counseling and attend the juvenile court's class on decision-making.

Juvenile Court prosecutor Rodney Brown said the shooting of Kristen Burnette, 13, in her home was accidental.

Neibel and two other teens were at Burnette's home that evening, with no adults present, to watch a movie, Brown said. When the movie ended, Neibel and another boy started "milling through the house" while Burnette sat in the dining room at a laptop computer.

Neibel and the boy found a 12-gauge shotgun lying on top of a gun case in the master bedroom of the home, and after checking it thought the gun was unloaded, Brown said. The other boy went to the bathroom, and heard a loud "boom. …

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