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Honesdale comedian pleads guilty

September 18, 2013

A Honesdale comedian has pleaded guilty in a charge related to accidentally shooting his daughter in the face. Matthew Holmes, 39, pleaded guilty on September 12 to a count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The shooting happened on May 15, when Holmes and his 15-year-old daughter were visiting friends. Holmes reportedly removed a nine millimeter semi-automatic handgun from its holster and removed a bullet from the chamber, which he believed to be the only bullet in the weapon.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, Holmes set the gun down on a table and it went off, with the bullet striking the daughter in the chin, and exiting through her cheek.