Burkburnett man pleas to accidental fatal shooting of friend

WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — A Burkburnett man accused of the accidental fatal shooting of a friend in 2021 pleas to a lesser offense.

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Matthew Tenney pleas to the accidental fatal shooting of his friend in 2021 (Photo credit: Christopher Walker, KFDX/KJTL)

Matthew Allan Tenney, 21, of Burkburnett, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of discharge of a firearm deadly conduct on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, in the 89th District Court, with Judge Charles Barnard presiding.

Tenney was originally charged with the second-degree felony offense of manslaughter and faced up to 20 years behind bars. Now, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and remains eligible for probation.

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Tenney has elected to have Judge Barnard set his punishment. He is set to be sentenced on Monday, April 1, 2024, at 8:30 a.m.

The charge stems from an incident on December 23, 2021, when officers with the Burkburnett Police Department arrived on the scene in the 600 block of Cottonwood to find Quenten Liford with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

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Matthew Tenney pleas to the accidental fatal shooting of his friend in 2021 (Photo credit: Christopher Walker, KFDX/KJTL)

First responders attempted life-saving measures, but they were unsuccessful, and Liford was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tenney, who was detained at the scene, allegedly told police he was looking at a new firearm his friend had recently purchased.

According to police, Tenney said he thought the gun was unloaded and pretended to draw it from a holster, but when he pulled the trigger, the weapon discharged, hitting Liford in the chest.

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