The probation term for Cameron D. Anderson, 21, of Grants Pass, came as part of a plea deal negotiated with the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office and followed his family’s pleas at a sentencing hearing that he not be incarcerated.
A pre-sentence investigation report outlined the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Last Oct. 18, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence at 129 Whaleview Court on a reported accidental shooting.
The deputy talked to Anderson, who said he accidentally shot his brother, Kyle Anderson, 19, while showing him a newly purchased gun.
Kyle Anderson, a resident of the home, was lying on his back on the floor when the deputy arrived, and a woman trying to resuscitate him. He was declared dead shortly afterward.
Two women, including Kyle Anderson’s girlfriend, and two children were in the kitchen when the gun was fired, the report stated.
One of the women described Cameron Anderson as “freaking out that he had shot his brother,” the report stated.
Cameron Anderson had recently purchased several firearms that he was showing his brother. He stated he removed the magazine and was handing the gun to his brother when it went off and struck him in the chest. He was unaware there was a round in the chamber, the report stated.
Authorities served a search warrant at the residence following the shooting and found several firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle, Glock 19, Glock 26, 9mm handgun and a Ruger handgun, which all belonged to Cameron Anderson.
He pleaded guilty to a felony involuntary manslaughter, and the probation report supported the plea deal.
“Though the defendant’s actions caused the loss of another’s life, he did not intentionally set out to commit a crime,” stated the report. “This was not a crime of violence or malicious intent, but rather negligence on the part of the defendant. The defendant must unfortunately now continue his life knowing that he himself ended the life of his brother, which in itself is a grave punishment.”
The mother of the Anderson men spoke at the sentencing hearing, asking for a probation term for Cameron, said his attorney, Darren McElfresh.
“They had suffered one horrific tragedy, they did not want to suffer another tragedy of Cameron going to jail or prison over this,” said McElfresh. “Cameron is so distraught over all of this. He is going to literally be a prisoner in his own mind for the rest of his life over this.”