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Man who killed NBC studio exec pleads guilty

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A man who shot and killed a Hollywood executive earlier this year has pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

David Armstrong entered the guilty plea in an L.A. courtroom. Armstrong shot 32-year-old NBC studio exec Brian Kaplon during a St. Patrick’s Day party in Armstrong’s San Fernando Valley home.

Armstrong claimed it was an accident. He told investigators he was drunk and was showing his childhood friend a semiautomatic rifle when the gun went off. Kaplon died after being shot in the chest.

Prosecutors originally charged Armstrong with murder. He pleaded not guilty. For his guilty plea to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, Armstrong could receive as many as 14 years in prison.

Kaplon worked in the finance department of NBC Universal. He leaves behind a wife and three children, including twins who were born after his death.

A judge scheduled Armstrong’s sentencing for late November.