Ft. Hood Soldier gets 3 years for shooting friend in head to cure hiccups

By David Edwards
Friday, February 1, 2013 10:11 EDT
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Patrick Edward Myers (Bell County Sheriff's Office)
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A 27-year-old Fort Hood soldier on Thursday pleaded guilty to accidentally killing his friend while trying to cure a case of the hiccups.

Spc. Patrick Edward Myers’ rank was reduced to private and he was sentenced to three and a half years in military prison, according to NBC News.

Friends were drinking and watching a football game at an apartment in Killeen in September when Myers tried to cure the hiccups of 22-year-old Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young by pointing a gun to his head and pulling the trigger to scare him.

Meyers said that he believed the gun had been loaded with dummy rounds.

Watch this video from AOL, broadcast Sept. 26, 2012.

[Photo: Bell County Sheriff's Office]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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