Lynnwood woman gets 2 years in air rifle death

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Lynnwood woman who killed a man with an air rifle last March has been sentenced to 2 years in prison, but the victim's family says that's injustice.

The Everett Herald reports that 33-year-old Michelle Davidson was sentenced Friday in Snohomish County court for the death of 52-year-old Dean Urness.

Davidson initially was charged with second-degree murder under the theory that she intended to assault Urness during a dispute. But prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge to second-degree manslaughter, saying that once they had received the full investigation in November they concluded that the reduced charge was more appropriate. They also believed some of the witnesses would have been "unreliable and unpredictable."

Davidson pleaded guilty last week, admitting that she was criminally negligent for Urness' death. Under the law, the maximum sentence she faced was just over two years.