Man pleads guilty in accidental shooting case
A local man who accidentally shot his friend in the head while playing with a gun last fall is now awaiting sentencing despite the victim's opposition to the criminal case.
Court records show 25-year-old Tyrel Whatley appeared in Comanche County District Court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to feloniously pointing a firearm and three misdemeanor counts of destroying evidence, possession of marijuana and reckless conduct with a firearm related to the Sept. 19 shooting that sent Mark Camacho-Ramos to an intensive care unit at an Oklahoma City hospital.
Camacho-Ramos later lost an eye as a result of the shooting, which happened at 5725 NW Cedarwood.
Whatley has requested a pre-sentence investigation report, which will consider a variety of factors that may have led to the crimes, to be completed before sentencing.
According to an affidavit filed in court, Whatley admitted he had been smoking marijuana, some through the barrel of a shotgun, while "handling two handguns and two shotguns."
"He stated that he then jokingly, humorously, purposely, and recklessly pointed a handgun ... at (another victim) and Mark Camacho-Ramos. Whatley stated that he was joking around ... when he 'accidentally' pulled the trigger on the handgun," the affidavit said.