Wagswoofs – A Columbus man, who claimed that he accidentally fired his handgun while cleaning it, resulting in the tragic death of a teenage girl, has been sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison.
21-year-old Tejuan Stanley appeared in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Thursday for his sentencing.
Franklin County prosecutors dropped other charges, such as reckless homicide and illegally possessing a firearm while he was out on bond for a felony burglary case pending, in exchange for the plea.
Stanley was sentenced by Judge Sheryl Munson to a prison term of 12 years to 16½ years.
During the sentencing hearing, Judd’s 1-year-old daughter became restless in the courtroom, prompting Munson to request that the child be taken out. Judd’s mother then left the courtroom, accompanied by the baby.
During the hearing, Stanley acknowledged his accountability for his actions.
In court, Breonna Judd, Elisha’s sister, expressed how their family regarded Stanley as a brother and sorrowfully stated, “He took her away from us.”
“She said he made a mistake by separating her from her family.”
On Thursday, Judge Munson handed down a three-year prison sentence to Stanley for his guilty plea to a burglary that occurred in February. This sentence will run concurrently with his sentence for involuntary manslaughter.