Ankeny man pleads guilty in death of daughter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Ankeny man has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his daughter and will face up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) 51-year-old Scott Merle Hazelbaker pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Emily Hazelbaker last June in the apartment they shared.

Ankeny police and Hazelbaker’s attorneys say the shooting appeared to be accidental. Hazelbaker thought his gun’s safety was on when he pointed the weapon at his daughter.

Hazelbaker has called his daughter his best friend. Tuesday, he broke down briefly while explaining his daughter’s death.

A sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 31. Hazelbaker could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

He remains free on bond until the hearing.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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