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Louisville man who fired stray bullet gets federal charges

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Posted at 5:05 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 05:05:57-05

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville man who fired a stray bullet that killed a 7-year-old boy in 2017 has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges.

Wyatt Lamar Williams, 25, pleaded guilty to three federal firearms charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Louisville.

Williams was charged in October with three counts of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison per count and a period of supervised release.

Investigators said Williams fired several shots while playing dice in May 2017. One of those bullets went into 7-year-old Dequante Hobbs Jr.'s home and he died.

Williams pleaded guilty to state charges in April of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of wanton endangerment and receiving a stolen firearm.