Teen Who Took Selfie With Murdered Friend Gets Lengthy Sentence

The 18-year-old who shot his friend—and reportedly took a selfie afterwards—has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

The 18-year-old who shot his friend—and reportedly took a selfie afterwards—has been hit with a lengthy prison sentence. According to WPXI Pittsburgh, Maxwell Morton was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. 

Morton took a photo of himself on Snapchat in February 2015 that showed the body of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan after he shot him in the face. During his trial, he said that he pulled the trigger but thought the gun would just click. 

WTAE reported earlier that the two were playing video games during the shooting. The prosecution tried to argue that the crime was premeditated and Morton didn't show remorse. Defense argued that the shooting was an accident. The selfie was sent to a friend, whose mother reported the crime. NBC10 reported that the teen testified that Morton bragged about the shooting, saying he "got his first body."

Per WPXI, Morton said that he doesn't know why he was smiling in the notorious photo; citing that he was "psychological" and he "was nervous." 

Morton was found guilty of third-degree murder two months ago.

 

[Photo: Westmoreland County Jail]

 

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