Man pleads guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter

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Updated: 2/26/2013 5:56 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The man charged with shooting and killing his friend outside the Freighthouse District in the summer of 2011 pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Matthew Mahaffey appeared in court before judge Janet Berry to enter his plea. He was charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Michael Boyle.

Police say Mahaffey had agreed to give Boyle a ride after a night out but when Boyle hopped in his truck, Mahaffey, an Iraq war veteran, shot him at close range.

Under the terms of the plea bargain, Mahaffey will avoid prison time. He will be on probation for five years and will serve two and half months in the county jail this summer.

Mahaffey will be formally sentenced May 29.
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Leslie - 2/26/2013 8:27 PM
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This is disgusting. Two and a half months? In the summer? Is this so his school semester is not disrupted? Mike was an incredible young man and would have loved to have had the opportunity to finish school. He had a bright future ahead of him and this murderer stole that from him and his family. Everyday people are sentenced to so much more for so much less. where is the justice. Joni and Alan, I know Mike is in heaven and wanting you both to have peace. I pray you find it.
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