Wendell man sentenced in accidental shooting death

From staff reportsJuly 21, 2013 

— A Wendell man charged in the accidental shooting of a teenage neighbor will serve between one and two years in prison. Robert Furey pleaded guilty earlier this month to involuntary manslaughter.

Furey was charged in the death of Nickolas Exley, 15. Furey will also have to pay the victim’s family to cover funeral costs.

When officers responded to a 911 call from Furey on Dec. 21 they found Exley dead at the scene. According to a sheriff’s report, Furey told investigators he was alone in his house when Exley and a friend walked in unannounced.

Furey said he was sitting in the dark watching a movie when he heard someone walk in the door. He said he grabbed his rifle and tried to fire a warning shot but accidentally hit Exley in the head. Furey told 911 dispatchers he wasn’t expecting company.

But Exley’s friend said Furey accidentally shot Exley while showing them his rifle. Investigators said Furey had been drinking.

This was not Furey’s first run-in with law enforcement over firearm misuse. Last November, a neighbor called the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office claiming Furey had fired into his house.

Deputies found two bullet holes in a bedroom wall of the neighbor’s house, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammy Amaon.

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