Man, 18, Gets 15 To 30 Years In Teen Death Selfie Case

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – An 18-year-old western Pennsylvania man who authorities say shot a friend and then posed for a selfie with the dying teen has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Maxwell Morton of Jeannette told a Westmoreland County judge Monday that he didn’t want to be remembered as a “savage” and conceded that the February 2015 death of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan was “messed up.”

Morton was convicted in February of third-degree murder. He said the teens were playing with a handgun and he thought it wasn’t loaded when he pointed it at Mangan and pulled the trigger.

Prosecutors sought a 40-year maximum term, citing prior convictions. Common Pleas Court Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio said “No one will understand the thought process of taking that photo.”

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