ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska man who attempted suicide and accidently shot his girlfriend has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The Anchorage Daily News reports 23-year-old Victor Sibson fired a shot into his own head in 2017. The bullet passed through his skull and struck and killed 22-year-old Brittany-Mae Haag.

Sibson was originally charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty in November to manslaughter.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys suggested a 14-year sentence with five suspended. Superior Court Judge Erin Marston agreed and ordered that Sibson receive treatment for mental illness.

Sibson has already served two years.

He apologized in court Wednesday to Haag’s family, who filled the first row of the gallery wearing black T-shirts with pictures of Haag. Sibson said he has not been able to forgive himself.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News,

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