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Published: Friday, February 20, 2004, 12:01 a.m.

Man gets 2 years for accidental shooting

A Lynnwood man who was fooling around with a loaded shotgun a year ago was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for the death of a friend.
Matthew Propst, 19, was taken into custody to begin serving his sentence moments after Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Larry McKeeman pronounced sentence.
Propst pleaded guilty in October to second-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 1, 2003, shooting death of Andrew Russell Olsen, 19, of Lynnwood.
Propst and other young people had been drinking at an apartment in the 4500 block of 164th Street SW when the shooting occurred. Witnesses told police an intoxicated Propst started pointing the shotgun in Olsen's direction.
The two had been in a bedroom, and someone heard Propst make a comment about unloading the weapon so nobody would be shot.
The gun then discharged, killing Olsen. Propst later disposed of the weapon in a trash bin at the apartment complex, court documents say.
McKeeman chose the middle of the sentencing range despite respective pleas by deputy prosecutor John Adcock and defense attorney Martin Mooney for either more or less time in prison for Propst.
Mooney argued that the judge should go below the sentencing range, partly because the victim and Propst both had been fooling around with the weapon. Adcock asked for 27 months behind bars because he said Propst had not shown remorse, and he had been using drugs and alcohol since the shooting.

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