Wash. state man sentenced in mistaken ID shooting

July 13, 2011 - 11:14 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man who shot another man in the head because the shooter mistakenly thought the victim was a sex offender has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on assault and gun convictions.

Robert Startin cried in Spokane County Superior Court as he apologized for shooting 26-year-old Shane Reilly at a drinking party in March in Spokane Valley.

The prosecutor said someone joked that Reilly was a sex offender. Startin had a relative who was molested. He got a gun and shot Reilly in the head.

The Spokesman-Review reports Reilly was paralyzed below the neck but has recovered some movement in his limbs. He's still in the hospital.

The 27-year-old Startin was sentenced Tuesday.