CASPER — When the judge asked him to describe his version of the events that landed him in court, Aaron Gish had to catch his breath.
The defendant recalled how he and his brother Ryan were watching a movie when Aaron Gish reached for the loaded gun.
“I handled it in a very unsafe way, and it discharged,” he said.
“It shot him through the wrist,” Gish said, and paused as his face flushed. “And stomach, and hit him in the heart. It killed my brother.” Gish wiped his eyes.
Gish changed his plea from not guilty to guilty of involuntary manslaughter at his Tuesday afternoon hearing in Natrona County District Court.
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The incident occurred on Sept. 17. A wounded Ryan Gish was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center but died shortly thereafter.
The Mills man has never denied that he was the one who fired the weapon.
In exchange for his guilty plea, the state agreed that Gish would receive a four- to five-year suspended sentence and no more than one year at the Casper Re-entry Center’s felony program. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 20 years.
All other specifics regarding the terms of Gish’s sentence will be decided by the court at a later date.