Sanger Teen Who Killed Friend Gets 5 Years Probation

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Monday, Jan 27, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 PM CDT
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The North Texas teen who shot and killed his best friend in an apparent accident last August pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide Monday.

Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News

The North Texas teen who shot and killed his best friend in an apparent accident last August pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide Monday.

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The North Texas teen who shot and killed his best friend in an apparent accident last August pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide Monday.

Michael Bryce Underwood, who was 17-years-old at the time of the Aug., 2013 shooting, was indicted by a Montague County grand jury in October on a charge of manslaughter for the death of 18-year-old Denton Guyer High School football player Nathan Maki.

The two were at property owned by Underwood's family at the time of the shooting, which Underwood said was an accident.

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On a 911 recording, the Sanger teen, now 18, admitted shooting his friend.

The manslaughter charge carried a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The criminally negligent homicide charge is a state jail felony with a maximum two years of confinement.

Montague County District Attorney Paige Williams said Underwood will serve five years on probation and automatically be sent to state jail for a 2-year term if he violates his probation.

In court Monday, Williams read a victim impact statement from Maki's mother Bonnie Tatera.

Williams said she agreed to the plea arrangement instead of prosecuting Underwood.

"It was the right outcome for everybody involved," Williams said.

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