UPDATE (10/6/23): Castillo-Salmeron was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday, three will be served in the Department of Corrections and the other two will be on work release.
EDINBURGH, Ind. — An Edinburgh man has pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge after a 14-year-old was killed in April.
Pedro Castillo-Salmeron, 20, was charged with reckless homicide, Level 5 Felony after he reportedly shot the teen while “playing” with a handgun in a home.
Court documents detailed 14-year-old Jonathon Elliot was sitting on his couch playing video games when he said he heard a loud bang, felt something hot in his chest and realized he’d been shot.
Elliot died at the hospital shortly after the incident.
Three other children were playing in a different room at the time of the shooting but were unharmed, according to the probable cause.
Elliott’s older brother thought Castillo-Salmeron initially left after the shooting and hid the gun. But police soon encountered the 20-year-old suspect, placed him in handcuffs and arrested him.
Castillo-Salmeron was charged officially with reckless homicide on May 5.
Court records indicated a plea agreement was signed and filed on Sept. 21 and the court accepted the agreement, entering a “judgment of conviction.”
The sentencing range for Level 5 Felonies in Indiana is one to six years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
A sentencing hearing was set for Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.