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Published November 20, 2013, 09:08 PM

South Dakota teen gets jail for accidentally shooting friend

A Plankinton teen who accidentally shot his friend in June received a five-year suspended state prison sentence Wednesday for aggravated assault and will instead serve 150 days in county jail.

ALEXANDRIA, S.D. -- A Plankinton teen who accidentally shot his friend in June received a five-year suspended state prison sentence Wednesday for aggravated assault and will instead serve 150 days in county jail.

Logan Evans, 18, apologized Wednesday in the Hanson County Courthouse.

“I made a choice that was very reckless,” Logan Evans said, choking up, “and caused harm to a good friend and put strain on both our families. I would just like to apologize and accept whatever punishment and try to get past it.”

Evans, Nick Lawson and two female passengers were heading June 22 to Sioux Falls on Interstate 90 between Mitchell and Alexandria. According to court documents, Evans was driving the vehicle and Lawson, 17 at the time, was in the back seat. Evans pointed a 9 mm pistol toward the back seat after he had removed the magazine. Thinking the gun wasn’t loaded, he pulled the trigger.

Lawson family attorney Lynn Moran told the court the bullet entered the right side of Lawson’s chest and exited through his back after tearing a hole in his liver. Lawson underwent eight surgeries and continues to recover through therapy, Moran said.

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