An Indianapolis man who fatally shot his son in 2015 has been sentenced to just probation.
Fred Fleener III, 46, got into an argument with his son Fred Fleener IV, 22, inside their home over biscuits and gravy according to Fox 59.
During the argument, police said Fleener III shot his son in the chest. Fleener IV was transported to a nearby hospital and died undergoing surgery. The family told police they believe the shooting was in self-defense because Fleener IV suffered from mental illnesses. The family claimed the son was sometimes violent and abusive.
“I just snapped. I couldn't take it anymore. He was a bully,” the father told police after the shooting, according to the Indy Star.
The daughter told police that her father sent her out to get breakfast for everyone that morning. When she returned, her brother became upset because he wanted two platters but only got one, according to court documents. The father responded by throwing something at a cousin, and the granbdfather came to the cousin's defense. Both the cousin and the daughter told police that the father and son then began fighting.
Soon after, gunshots were heard.
Fleener III's daughter said she heard her brother say, "Dad, you shot me," according to court documents.
Fleener III was originally arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.
On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two years of probation for reckless homicide.
[Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department]
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