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Columbus man accused of shooting girlfriend pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

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Benjamin Brantley, 20. Photo courtesy: Muscogee County Jail Benjamin Brantley, 20. Photo courtesy: Muscogee County Jail
Kayla Castro. Photo source: Facebook Kayla Castro. Photo source: Facebook
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A 20-year-old Columbus man accused of killing his girlfriend in 2012 pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in court on Tuesday, June 3.

In April 2012, 16-year-old Kayla Castro, a student at Hardaway High School, died after being shot in the chest with a sawed off shotgun. Brantley, Castro's 18-year-old boyfriend at the time, turned himself in to police claiming the gun went off by accident.

He was charged with murder, possession of a sawed off shotgun and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

In court, Brantley originally told police the sawed-off shotgun he was carrying fell to the ground and discharged, but later admitted he was holding the gun when it fired, striking Kayla in the chest. However, detectives testified there was no way the gun went off by mistake. Detectives also said Brantley had priors, including drug and traffic violations.

Brantley was held without bond at Muscogee County Jail without bond, and his case was bound over to Superior Court.

Brantley has now been sentenced to serve 15 years with nine in prison, and six on probation, receiving credit for the time he has already served.   

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