Frank A. Hanna, 30, accused by East Hampton Town police in the accidental shooting of a friend, Freddie Stephens, with a .44-caliber handgun on May 24, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Sept. 6 to one charge, reckless assault in the second degree, a Class D felony.
Justice Mark D. Cohen sentenced him on Sept. 10 to a year in county jail, with time already served counting toward the sentence. He will be eligible for release in January, according to his attorney, Susan Menu.
Although it was not his intent, she said, “he recklessly caused injury.”
According to the police, Mr. Hanna had aimed the gun at Mr. Stephens and pulled the trigger, not realizing that the weapon was loaded. The bullet did severe damage to Mr. Stephens’s left arm. Mr. Stephens, who is now living out of the state, is still recovering from the wound, said his attorney, Stephen Grossman.
A .44-caliber handgun is one of the largest made and causes potentially lethal injuries. The weapon was not recovered