Jacksonville man sentenced in friend’s accidental shooting death

Christopher Wansley (Source: Smith County Jail)
Christopher Wansley (Source: Smith County Jail)(Smith County Jail)
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 12:15 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 9:00 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - An 18-year-old man who accidentally shot another man in the chest and killed him agreed to 10 years of deferred adjudication Thursday.

Christopher Wansley, of Jacksonville, was booked into the Smith County Jail on July 4, 2021. His bond amount was set at $250,000. He bonded out the same day.

Wansley appeared in Judge Jack Skeen Jr.’s 241st Judicial District Court Thursday for a plea hearing. As part of the plea agreement, Wansley pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The accidental shooting occurred in July of 2021.

According to the police report, three people were playing with a gun when Wansley “recklessly used the weapon and shot another 17-year-old in the chest.”

Tyler police responded to the apartment at 205 Chimney Rock Drive at 11:45 p.m. on July 3, 2021.

The victim was taken to a Tyler hospital, where he later died.


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