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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Hiccups soldier killed by comrade

Published 01/02/2013 | 04:45

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A US soldier fatally shot his friend accidentally while trying to scare away his hiccups

A US soldier has admitted involuntary manslaughter after shooting his friend accidentally while trying to scare away his hiccups.

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Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, said Spc Patrick Myers, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was sentenced by a military court to three and a half years in a military prison.

He was also demoted to private and will receive a bad-conduct discharge.

Myers fatally shot Pfc Isaac Young, 22, in September while they were watching a football game at a Killeen apartment.

Myers told police he thought the weapon had dummy rounds and was trying to scare his friend so his hiccups would stop.

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