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Emotional day in court for teen in accidental shooting death

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The sentencing for a teen who admits he shot and killed his friend was put on hold for a technicality, but it was still an emotional day in court.

Family on both sides of this tragedy appeared in court August 18.  The 13-year-old pleaded guilty last month to reckless homicide, possession of a firearm, and theft. The teen shot and killed Hawken Hemmerle in Hemmerle's home on Marie Avenue in Green Township. The teen stole the gun and was showing it to Hemmerle when it went off, shooting Hemmerle in the head.

In court Monday, attorneys and the judge outlined the 13-year-old's future that included time in a treatment facility. There was a problem with the facility initially set to receive the teen, which delayed the official sentencing.

Even so, Hemmerle's family spoke to the judge.

"He stole Hawken's life and future," said his father Anthony Hemmerle. "All because (bleep)'s perception of guns and the responsibility of handling them has been formed by Hollywood movies and video games where consequences are game over and re-start again."

The teen's attorney read a statement from him, "I regret each day the choices that led to the death of my best friend Hawken. There are no words that can fix what I have done. I'm sorry. It is not enough, but I am sorry. I'm sorry to Hawken, I'm sorry to his family and to my family. I'm ready to accept whatever punishment this court will give me, but whatever it is, it won't change the choices I've made."

The teen's grandmother also apologized to everyone for her grandson's actions.

The court will find a new facility for the 13 year old to serve his sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for August 28th.

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