Pike Deputy Sentenced in Gun Death of Neighbor

A former Pike County sheriff’s deputy will serve three-and-a-half years in jail, after pleading guilty in the shooting death of his neighbor.

The Waverly News-Watchman reports that Joel Jenkins was given two consecutive sentences in Pike County Common Pleas Court Friday.

He will serve 30 months as part of an October plea deal to a reckless homicide charge, plus one year for the firearms specification.

Prosecutors said Jenkins had been drinking and hadn't ensured a gun was unloaded before using it to teach Jason Brady how to disarm someone in December of 2015.  Brady was shot in the head.

In January he was cleared of charges in a duty-related shooting death from March of 2015.  A civil case against Jenkins regarding his neighbor's death is still pending.

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