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Md. Teen Sentenced In Toddler’s Shooting

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Hagerstown teenager has been sentenced for interfering with an investigation into the accidental shooting of his 2-year-old brother.

Marcus Longus, 17, pleaded guilty Monday to obstructing and hindering police. He was sentenced to a year in the Washington County jail. The judge then suspended all but the 191 days Longus spent locked up awaiting trial.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of making false statements to police, illegal possession of a handgun and allowing a minor access to a firearm.

The charges stemmed from the Sept. 27 shooting of Mario Longus.

Police say the toddler found a loaded handgun under a bed and accidentally shot himself in the chest, resulting in paralysis of both legs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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