WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) - A 22-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man accused of fatally shooting his friend more than a year ago pleaded no contest Thursday to homicide by intoxicated use of a firearm.
Tyler Enkro is to be sentenced May 13, according to online court records.
Investigators say Enkro had been drinking when he shot 31-year-old Nick Hoffmann of Wisconsin Rapids in the neck in December 2011 at a Grand Rapids home. Enkro, who called 911, told officers it was an accident.
According to the criminal complaint, Enkro's blood-alcohol level was 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive.
As part of a plea bargain with Enkro, Wood County prosecutors dropped a second count of felony homicide involving alcohol and a firearm, court records said.
Enkro's attorney, Christopher Van Wagner of Madison, said the plea deal recommends five years of probation, with the state free to argue that Enkro be sentenced to up to a year in jail with work privileges.
The maximum punishment for the conviction is 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
According to Van Wagner, Enkro and Hoffmann spent the day of the shooting together, tinkering with cars, sharing dinner out and spending time at a tavern.
They had gone back to the Grand Rapids home to watch TV and play video games when Enkro offered to show his friend his new handgun, Van Wagner said.
Enkro went to the bedroom, grabbed the gun and it went off, hitting Hoffman, who was standing in the doorway of the bedroom, Van Wagner said.
"These guys were the best of friends," the attorney said.
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