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Bloomington woman sentenced to 3 years in prison for shooting brother

By Bianca Montes
May 30, 2014 at 12:30 a.m.


A Bloomington woman arrested for shooting her brother in the head pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday.

Janie Marie Clay, 22, was sentenced to three years in prison.

She was arrested on suspicion of murder Thanksgiving Day and later indicted on manslaughter charges.

The charges were reduced from murder to manslaughter in February by the grand jury because of a lack of evidence that the shooting was intentional, Victoria County District Attorney Stephen Tyler said.

"The difficulties with this case was there really weren't very many witnesses outside the family, and although we were concerned whether the family members were being completely candid with us, we didn't have any witnesses but the family members," he said. "I think the outcome is just. We agreed to it; she agreed with it - we did what we thought was best for the community and justice."

According to court documents, Clay pointed a loaded gun at her brother, Richard DeLeon, and "without taking adequate precautions to prevent it," discharged it.

DeLeon, 17, was shot in the face and died at Clay's home before sheriff's deputies arrived.

Clay will serve three years in prison with credit for time served in the county jail, Tyler said. She has been in jail since late November.

Her attorney, Keith Weiser, was unavailable for comment Friday evening.

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