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Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened in case of Foresthill teen accused of fatal 2002 shooting?

This happened at least 10 years ago, I believe in the Auburn area. A teenager was known for pointing loaded guns at kids, and one day he pulled the trigger and killed another teenager. The last I heard, witnesses that at first testified the shooter appeared to have done it deliberately started changing their story. What finally happened?

– Wayne, Elk Grove

A teenage boy admitted to a charge of felony involuntary manslaughter in the March 29, 2002 shooting death of 12-year-old Justin Kosinski outside a mobile home in Foresthill, east of Auburn.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, the 15-year-old, who was not identified because he was a juvenile, was showing off the gun when the shooting occurred. He also faced a charge of assault with a deadly weapon for pointing a gun at another youth six days before the fatal shooting.

The teenager initially was charged with murder in Kosinski’s death, but the prosecution’s case was dealt a blow when the other boys who were at the teen’s home recanted their original stories of being eyewitnesses to the shooting. The three brothers – who were 9, 11 and 12 years old at the time – said they were inside the home when the shooting occurred on the porch.

The teenager was sentenced to four years in the California Youth Authority.

The boy’s father pleaded guilty to a felony charge of improperly storing a firearm. As part of a plea bargain, he received five years probation, and was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and to contribute $2,000 to a Placer County Sheriff’s Department program distributing free trigger locks.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.