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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:59 am

Father gets 16 years in daughter's shooting death

REBECCA S. GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Toney White II was sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison Friday for the February shooting death of his daughter.

Last month White, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and the use of a firearm. In exchange for his guilty plea, a more serious charge of neglect of a dependent causing death was dismissed.

Calling his behavior "idiotic," Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull sentenced White to six years in prison for the reckless homicide charge and an additional 10 years for the firearm enhancement.

White must serve that sentence after another sentence of 18 months remaining on a previous conviction for possession of narcotics. He was on probation on that case at the time of the shooting. 

On Feb. 13, White was showing off a number of firearms he possessed illegally when one discharged, striking his 5-year-old daughter in the head, killing her.

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