GREENSBURG – A Westmoreland County man whose unsecured gun was used by a 14-year-old boy to fatally shoot his 13-year-old friend is heading to prison.
The Tribune-Review reported 32-year-old Joshua Hudec, of Mount Pleasant, pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts each of child endangerment and reckless endangerment Monday.
Hudec will serve 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison.
Police said Hudec’s handgun was left unsecured in his apartment when an 18-year-old babysitter was watching his three children in March 2016. Authorities said then 14-year-old John Burnsworth and 13-year-old James Gustafson were visiting the house.
Police allege the babysitter asked Burnsworth to point the gun at Gustafson to scare him so he would leave.
Burnsworth was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in juvenile court. Charges are pending against the babysitter.