GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a Mississippi man who worked as a security contractor has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for accidentally shooting a co-worker in Iraq.
U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Kyle Palmer, 27, of Biloxi on Monday.
Court records said Palmer and Justin Pope worked as security contractors for DynCorp, a Department of State contractor, at a U.S. embassy office in Erbil, Iraq.
A news release from the U.S. attorney's office said Palmer was intoxicated when he and Palmer pointed a 9 millimeter pistol at each other during a party in March 2009.
Palmer allegedly fired Pope's weapon without checking whether the gun was loaded and accidentally killed Pope.
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