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Sailor sentenced to prison in shooting death

VIRGINIA (WQOW) - A sailor from Chippewa County will spend the next several years behind bars.

Darren Mackie was sentenced in Virginia on Monday.  He was given 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Caitlin Trask, a Navy petty officer.  In February, Mackie was playing with a gun in his Virginia apartment when he shot Trask in the back of the head.  He told police that he had no idea it was loaded.

News 18 spoke with a reporter from the Newport News Daily Press who was in the courtroom on Monday.  He says the judge gave Mackie the maximum sentence.  He says the judge is a former military officer who said the first thing he was taught to do was "always, always assume a gun is loaded."

Mackie could get his sentence reduced by 18 months for good behavior.  He's also already served six months awaiting a trial which means he could be out in eight more years.

Mackie graduated from Cadott High School in 2005.

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