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Mother Brutally Killed Her Daughter In Tragic Gun Rampage While Trying To Shoot Dangerous Stray Dog

A tragic accident has led to manslaughter charges against an Oklahoma mother who fatally shot her teenage daughter in 2018 while attempting to shoot a stray dog.

43-year-old Amanda Moffett, a member of the Cherokee Nation, pleaded guilty this week to involuntary manslaughter in Indian Country for the death of her 16-year-old daughter Laramie.

According to a Law and Crime report on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, the incident occurred on October 5, 2018 at the family’s home in Nowata, Oklahoma.

According to the plea agreement, Laramie told her mother that evening that a stray dog was attacking kittens outside their house.

Amanda went out on the front porch with a handgun and fired at what she believed was the stray dog.

However, unbeknownst to Amanda, Laramie had gone outside to try and save the kittens.

Amanda admitted she did not verify her daughter was not in her line of fire before shooting into the darkness.

The plea agreement states that Amanda’s actions were grossly negligent, as it was reasonably foreseeable that shooting under those circumstances could threaten her daughter’s life.

Her failure to verify Laramie’s whereabouts was the direct and proximate cause of the teenager’s tragic death.

According to her obituary, Laramie was an accomplished rodeo rider who loved animals, particularly horses.

She excelled at barrel racing, a sport where riders traverse a cloverleaf pattern around barrels at high speeds.

Laramie had qualified for barrel racing finals on a national level. She was remembered for her constant smile and fearless nature.

The initial murder case against Amanda was dismissed after being improperly filed in state court.

Federal prosecutors later filed manslaughter charges, culminating in this week’s guilty plea.

While Amanda potentially faced up to eight years in prison, the plea agreement recommends a sentence between zero and 16 months.

This lighter sentence takes into account Amanda’s early acceptance of responsibility, evidentiary issues, and the interests of justice, including the relationship between Amanda and her daughter and the grief suffered by the family.

The plea agreement also references problems with the initial investigation and witness credibility issues as reasons for the lighter sentence recommendation.

There were discrepancies early on regarding the number of shots fired and whether Amanda and Laramie had been arguing that night.

As part of her plea deal, Amanda must surrender her firearm and ammunition. She is currently on supervised release while awaiting sentencing.

This heartbreaking case underscores the immense responsibility gun owners have to exercise extreme caution when discharging firearms.

Amanda’s lack of care had irreversible and devastating consequences. While the justice system cannot undo this tragedy, it can deliver a measure of accountability and closure.

Most importantly, Laramie’s loved ones can cherish her memory and her talents that were lost far too soon.

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