Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yonkers Army private pleads guilty in wife's accidental shooting death

Lohud.com, of New York's lower Hudson Valley, reports an Army private from Yonkers pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of his wife at Fort Polk, La. Pvt. Luis Ortiz's wife of 10 months, Samantha Zippo Ortiz, 20, was shot with Ortiz's personal shotgun in their Fort Polk home Oct. 10. Ortiz said the gun went off accidentally. Ortiz pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 38 months' incarceration with no pay, a bad conduct discharge and a demotion to entry level from a specialist. The parents of the victim are not pleased with the outcome.  "I don't feel justice was served at all," the victim's father said. "They plea-bargained behind our backs."  According to the article, "Ortiz, who had been scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan on Oct. 22, was either removing his privately owned shotgun from a closet or holding it while on the phone before packing it up when the shooting occurred, according to accounts he gave to family members."