Abilene teen arrested while on probation for shooting, killing friend

ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene teen, recently put on probation for shooting and killing his best friend, was arrested Wednesday on a minor in possession of alcohol charge.

Joseph Fowler, 19, was found guilty of state jail felony criminally negligent homicide in August for the January 2011 shooting of 16-year-old Michael Huffman. Fowler had recklessly handled a gun when it went off and killed Huffman.

The charge is punishable by a maximum of two years. District Judge Thomas Wheeler instead sentenced him to five years probation Friday in the hope of giving him a chance to honor his deceased friend.

During sentencing, Judge Wheeler told Fowler to stay away from alcohol and drugs while on probation and to find a job and pursue his GED.

As of Thursday, Fowler is in the Taylor County Jail on $390 cash bond.

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