BLACK RIVER FALLS — An Altoona man who pleaded no contest in the shooting death of a friend in 2015 in Jackson County was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.

Michael O. Nelson was tried for shooting Randall Perry in November 2015 at a Jackson County home, but the trial ended in a hung jury last year.

Prosecutors were set to re-try Nelson, but in he pleaded no contest in March to second-degree reckless homicide.

He was credited 520 days of time served and 10 years of supervision after his release.

Nelson shot Perry in the chest after visiting his Arrow Road home with a group of friends. Nelson called 911 and told a dispatcher he didn’t know the rifle was loaded when he pulled the trigger.

Nelson was observed taking out the clip and extracting a round from the chamber of the AR-15-style rifle in the living room at the home, according to the criminal complaint.

Nelson had a 0.074 percent blood-alcohol concentration when tested about four hours after the shooting, leading the prosecution to believe he would have been at 0.141 percent at the time of Perry’s death.


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Drunken accident with a gun. Irresponsible? Of course, but it seems like ten years is excessive.

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