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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Man Pleads to Gun Discharge that Killed Neighbor as Victim's Husband Expresses Forgiveness

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A Lancaster man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced for the accidental discharge of a firearm last year at a city apartment building that resulted in his neighbor’s death.

Allante Floyd, 25, pleaded guilty to five misdemeanors, including involuntary manslaughter and multiple counts of reckless endangerment.

A 38-year-old woman was killed when the round entered her head after passing through a shared wall of an apartment building in the 200 block of East Liberty Street on April 15, 2018. The woman died about a week later.

Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller accepted the plea and ordered the following sentence:

- Time-served to two-year prison sentence, meaning Floyd will be released from Lancaster County Prison with credit for the 11½ months he served there. He will now be on parole for about a year.

- Following parole, two years of probation.

- Restitution of $8,815.

The conviction would prohibit Floyd from procuring and possessing a firearm, per federal restrictions.

Lancaster city police determined Floyd was cleaning his legally-owned handgun when it discharged.

Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman said it was “clearly grossly negligent” for Floyd to have kept the handgun loaded while cleaning it and living in an occupied apartment building.

The victim’s husband spoke in court and said he forgave Floyd and did not want him to serve additional prison time, according to Goldman.

Floyd repeatedly apologized in court Tuesday, Goldman said.

The plea resolution was reached after consultation and approval from the victim’s family and Lancaster city police Detective Tom Ginder, lead investigator.

A charge of discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure was dropped.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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