A Baker City man whose two-year-old son fatally shot himself in November 2018 has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.
Peter Lee Mankins, 33, of 1905 Birch St., was sentenced to 34 months in prison on Friday.
Mankins pleaded guilty Friday in Baker County Circuit Court to the criminally negligent homicide charge, a Class B felony, as well as to unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class A misdemeanor, and recklessly endangering another person, also a Class A misdemeanor.
One count of second-degree manslaughter, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, were dismissed as part of an agreement with the Baker County District Attorney’s office.
On Nov. 4, 2018, Mankins’ son, Liam Paul Lee Mankins, shot himself in the head with a handgun while playing with the gun. Mankins was asleep in a bedroom at the time, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.
Mankins was charged with recklessly endangering another person because methamphetamine was in the home and readily accessible to his son, according to Shirtcliff.
Lab tests showed that Mankins had meth in his system at the time.
“We felt strongly that Mr. Mankins’s needed to be accountable and serve prison time,” Shirtcliff said. “It was also important that he receive drug treatment in prison. The fact that he took responsibility for negligently causing the death of his son was also a factor in allowing him to plead guilty to the criminally negligent homicide charge and not face a longer prison sentence.”
Once Mankins is released from prison he will be on three-year post- prison supervision and will be required to continue drug treatment.