Marine sentenced to 27 months for fatal shooting

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Camp Pendleton Marine has been sentenced to 27 months behind bars and given a bad-conduct discharge for fatally shooting a fellow Marine while deployed in Iraq.

Twenty-three-year-old Corporal Douglas Sullivan acknowledged he was playing with another Marine's rifle when he lifted it to his shoulder, flipped off the safety, aimed at Lance Corporal Kristopher Cody Warren and pulled the trigger.

Sullivan, of Hamilton, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter. He said he did not believe the gun was loaded when he fired.

He and Warren were on late-night duty in a radio operations room near the Jordanian border when the shooting happened in November 2006.

Warren, from Georgia, was 19.

He and Sullivan were part of the Chattanooga, Tenn.,-based 14th Marine Regiment reserve unit.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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