A Republic fire captain has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a junior firefighter.
George Matis Jr., 21, entered a guilty plea on Friday before Fayette County President Judge John F. Wagner Jr. on the charges of involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person.
Matis shot 16-year-old Parker Hess in the office of the Republic fire hall Nov. 27, as the two were preparing for the towns Light-Up Night.
Police wrote in the affidavit of probable cause that Matis removed a 9mm Glock from his holster and caused the pistol to discharge a bullet in the direction of Hess, hitting him in the cheek. The teen was pronounced dead on the scene.
In a scheduled plea hearing in June, Matis was offered a plea bargain to serve five years of intermediate punishment, with one year on an electronic monitor in exchange for pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
During that hearing, the attorneys indicated they needed additional time to continue plea negotiations.
Fridays plea was listed as a general plea without a plea bargain as Fayette County President Judge John F. Wagner Jr. will sentence Matis at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 29.
Matis charge of criminal homicide, a first-degree felony, was replaced with the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, a felony in the second degree.
Matis is represented by Attorney James Davis.
He remains free on $50,000 bond.
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