A young East Aurora man pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter in the second degree in the shooting death of a friend last fall.
Jake Klocek, 20, was house-sitting for acquaintances at a home on Dorris Drive in Elma on Nov. 6 and invited Anthony C. King and another friend to come over. Investigators said the men found an unloaded .45-caliber handgun along with ammunition and at some point in the evening Klocek recklessly fired the weapon, with a bullet hitting King in the abdomen. King, 19, a student at the University at Buffalo, died of his wound.
In accepting the plea, Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka left all sentencing options open, meaning Klocek faces a possible sentence of anywhere from probation to up to five to 15 years in prison when he returns to court Sept. 28.
With no opposition from the prosecution, Klocek was allowed to remain free on $50,000 bail until he is sentenced.