GREELEY, Colo. - An 18-year-old Greeley man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of his younger brother.
Jordan Limas told sheriff's deputies that on Sept. 14 he left a loaded gun on a dining room table at his parents' Evans home. He said that his younger brother, Andre, found the gun and was trying to take it outside to show other children.
Jordan told investigators that he struggled with Andre to get the handgun back, but the firearm went off and the bullet struck Andre. Andre died later at a hospital.
Prosecutors say that as part of Jordan Limas' plea agreement, they will not seek prison time when Limas is sentenced at a hearing set for March 25.
Possible penalties include probation or community corrections.
The Limas family had asked prosecutors to drop the charges.
"It was an accident, an ugly accident," said father David Lima. "Basically, (Jordan's) punishment is he's going to have to live with this for the rest of his life. Jordan is having a tough time with this as well as we are, but the guilty that we see him going through every day, it hurts."
District Attorney Ken Buck said he feels for the family, but he must follow the law.
"We have charged the case, because we believe there is a crime and we will move forward with the case," Buck said.
It's not clear how Jordan Limas obtained the gun. He told investigators he had stolen it, although the gun had not been reported stolen.