Prison for PA fire captain who shot & killed junior member in firehouse

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Brittany Hoke, WTAE-TV:

A former fire captain at Republic Volunteer Fire Company was sentenced to 6 – 23 months in jail for the death of a junior fireman.

George Matis, 22, plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter for shooting Parker Hess, 16, on November 27, 2016.

President Judge John Wagner said there was no evidence of malice or premeditation for a murder charge. He also said it wasn’t an accident, calling it “grossly negligent.”

Junior Firefighter Parker Hess


Matis pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in July.

The shooting inside an office at the fire station killed 16-year-old Parker Hess. Matis removed a 9mm pistol from a holster he was wearing and it discharged in Hess’ direction, according to a criminal complaint.

Hess was a sophomore at Brownsville Area High School.

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