Aurora teenager gets probation in killing of younger brother but prosecutor calls it a life sentence

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BRIGHTON — A teenager who accidentally shot his younger brother to death while the two were handling a loaded handgun in their Aurora home has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation and must either attend school or have a full-time job.

Prosecutors with the Adams County District Attorney’s Office say the teen was sentenced Monday for the June 4 death of the 10-year-old boy. The teen, who was 17 at the time, was charged as a juvenile.

He pleaded guilty in November to negligent child abuse resulting in death and being a juvenile in possession of a handgun.

District Attorney Dave Young says the teen essentially received a life sentence “because every day for the rest of his life he will be thinking about his brother.”