Burkburnett man Matthew Tenney sentenced in accidental fatal shooting

BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — A 21-year-old Burkburnett man was sentenced on Monday, April 1, after pleading guilty last month to a lesser offense than the manslaughter charge that was originally filed.

Matthew Tenney was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence.

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He opted to have 89th District Judge Charles Barnard decide the sentence.

Tenney pled guilty to deadly conduct by discharge of a firearm in the death of his friend Quenten Liford.

That charge is a third-degree felony as opposed to a second-degree felony for manslaughter.

The maximum sentence was 10 years in prison.

On December 23, 2021, Burkburnett Police Officers arrived in the 600 block of Cottonwood to find Liford with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Tenney told police he was looking at a new firearm his friend had recently purchased.

He said he thought the gun was unloaded, and he pretended to draw it from a holster. He then pulled the trigger, and Liford was shot.

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