Underage party host sentenced for fatally shooting Ohio teen

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A western Ohio man who admitted that he fatally shot a teenager while hosting a drinking party has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Evan Hoffman, of Bloom Center, pleaded guilty last month to reckless homicide and was sentenced Monday.

Investigators have said Hoffman told them he shot the 16-year-old Jackson Center boy in self-defense.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Hoffman’s attorneys argued that the teen threated Hoffman after being told to leave the party last December and was shot when he later returned and kicked in a door.

The victim’s father told the newspaper the teen was there to get his things, not to hurt anyone.

Hoffman previously pleaded guilty to buying and consuming alcohol while underage and was sentenced to six months behind bars, plus probation.

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