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21-year-old pleads guilty to shooting manslaughter


A defendant charged with murder in a fatal shooting pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter.

Hunter Ethan Todd, 21, agreed to serve 10 years in prison and spend 20 years on probation. He was arrested in October 2017 in the shooting death of Kevin Gipson, 47, of Tecumseh.

Todd, of Oklahoma City, told police he thought the gun wasn’t loaded and fired the weapon by accident, according to a court affidavit. A bullet struck Gipson in the stomach, and he later died at a hospital.

The shooting occurred in the living room of a home in Oklahoma City. Todd fled the home and hid the handgun and marijuana two houses away, according to the affidavit.

Officers arrested Todd after locating the gun and marijuana. They also found more than $3,200 in cash on his person and about $360 at the shooting scene, police reported. A search of the home revealed four scales, baggies and a money counter, according to the affidavit.

He was originally charged in Oklahoma County District Court with second-degree murder.

Todd also pleaded guilty Friday to drug possession, possession of a firearm while on probation and possession of drug proceeds. He agreed to serve prison time for these charges at the same time as his 10-year manslaughter sentence.

The defendant is scheduled to appear for a final sentencing hearing March 25 before Judge Heather Coyle.