Kansas Teen Sentenced in Dad's Shooting Death

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MOUND CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas Eagle Scout has been put under the care of the state juvenile authority for an indefinite period of time in the shooting death of his father.

A judge in Linn County imposed the sentence Monday on Christopher Wottlin, now 17. The boy had pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his 56-year-old father, Robert Wottlin, at the family farm near Centerville.

Lawyers said the boy had argued with his father about wanting to live with his mother in Johnson County, and fired a shot from a Glock handgun through his bedroom door. They said Christopher
wanted to scare his father, but found the man bleeding in the hallway.

Wottlin's sentence allows him to live in group homes until he's released to his family, a decision that will be made by a Johnson County judge.

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