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Bucks man sentenced to jail for son's accidental shooting death

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - A Bucks County dad entered a plea deal in connection with the accidental shooting death of his son last fall.

Nicholas Wyllie, 26, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment.

He was sentenced to one to two years in Bucks County Jail.

He was also given three years probation consecutive to the incarceration sentence as well as no firearm possession and 30 hours of community service in a parent/gun safety program.

Authorities say Wyllie's 2-year-old son, Benjamin Smith, picked up Wyllie's loaded handgun and accidentally shot himself in the chest in September 2016.

Benjamin died later at St. Luke's Hospital in Quakertown.


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