An Altoona man accused of shooting and killing his friend took a plea deal Tuesday rather than face a second trial.
Michael O. Nelson was accused of murdering Randall Perry in November 2015 at a home in Jackson County. He had been drinking that night, and told dispatchers he didn't know the gun was loaded.
He went on trial last year, but the case ended with a hung jury, and a mistrial was declared. Prosecutors were preparing to re-try him, but Tuesday Nelson agreed to plead no contest to second degree reckless homicide. A sentencing date will now be set.
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