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Hiccup Cure Leads to Shooting

photo courtesy of NY Daily News

Hiccups are annoyingly hard to to get rid of.  An Army solider was just hoping to scare them out of a friend when his plan went horribly wrong.  What was supposed to be a remedy has now led to charges of manslaughter.

Pfc. Patrick Edward Myers was watching football and drinking with two friends on Sunday night at a home in Killeen, Texas when 22-year old Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young came down with a case of the hiccups.  Myers reportedly attempted to scare the ailment out of Young by pointing a gun to his head and pulling the trigger.  Young was struck in the eye, and died while en route to the hospital.

Myers, a soldier at Ft. Hood, claims he thought the gun was filled with dummy rounds.  He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and is now in a Bell County, Texas jail.  A bail bond has been set for $1 million dollar.  He faces 20 years in prison.

The victim, Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young, entered active duty in May 2011 as a motor transport operator. He had been assigned to Ft. Hood since September 2012.

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