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SC man gets 7 years in off-duty officer's death

 FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - A 23-year-old man is facing seven years in prison in the shooting death of an off-duty Florence police officer.

Multiple media outlets report that Brady Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter.

Authorities say Johnson pointed a shotgun at 29-year-old Matthew Clayton's back in February and it went off. The plea means Johnson didn't mean to kill the officer.

A judge sentenced Johnson to the maximum of 5 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and an additional two years for using a firearm while under the influence.

Johnson still faces a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Clayton's family was against the plea deal, saying their own investigation shows the shooting was intentional.

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