ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene teen who shot and killed his sixteen-year-old friend was sentenced Friday by District Judge Thomas Wheeler.

Joseph Fowler was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the January 2011 shooting of his friend, sixteen-year-old Michael Huffman.

Fowler was recklessly handling a gun when it went off and the bullet struck Huffman.

Friday, Judge Wheeler sentenced Fowler to 5 years probation.  He'll also have to pay a fine.