Amish man admits accidentally shooting brother

LEON, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Amish man accused of shooting his 8-year-old brother has pleaded guilty to fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Eli Wengerd, 20, accidentally shot the boy while playing with an unregistered handgun that he did not have a permit for. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted by the Cattaraugus County probation department.

Wengerd is due back in court in April. His brother did survive the shooting. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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