ROME, New York — An 18-year-old central New York man has pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the shooting death of a 7-month-old boy.
Henry Bartle of Rome made the plea Monday in Oneida County Court and could serve from one-and-a-third to four years in prison for the death of Nathaniel Hitt.
Bartle was under the influence of marijuana while cleaning a shotgun in his apartment in November and said he forgot he had loaded the gun when it discharged accidentally and killed the infant.
The boy's mother was Bartle's fiancÃ©e.
Bartle is eligible to be sentenced as a youthful offender because of his age. That means the charges could be removed from his record once his time is served.