Apple Valley Man Sentenced for Fatally Shooting Friend
A 23-year-old Apple Valley man was sentenced Thursday for fatally shooting his friend.
According to the Dakota County Attorney's Office, Derrick Dahl was sentenced in connection with the death of 22-year-old Benjamin Hanson of Welch.
Dahl had pleaded guilty to Hanson's death in May. Dahl said he and his friends, including Hanson, were handling several handguns at a home in Burnsville on July 23, 2011.
Dahl pointed a handgun he thought was unloaded at Hanson's head, and pulled the trigger.
Hanson was shot in the head, and died the next day.
Dahl received a stayed prison sentence of 48 months, and was placed on probation for 10 years. As conditions of probation Dahl was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, and pay restitution.