A Johnson City man now faces nearly 40 years in prison for the death of his 2-year-old son, who accidentally shot himself in 2009.
Christopher Mitchell, 29, was convicted Wednesday of criminally negligent homicide and felony reckless endangerment, but had originally faced felony murder and aggravated child neglect charges for Jacob Mitchell’s death.
Ironically, Mitchell faces more time for the two charges he pleaded guilty to at the beginning of the trial than for his son’s death. As the trial started Monday, Mitchell pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and identity theft, which stemmed from him giving a false name to police and hiding the gun involved.
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