May 25, 2010 5:07 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Teen sentenced for killing accused abuser

A Colorado Springs teenager who gunned down the man who was accused of sexually abusing her for years has been sentenced to probation and mandatory counseling.

The girl was 16 at the time of the killing. John Hazard, 43, was found shot to death at a picnic area in Palmer Park on June 1, 2009. He was scheduled to stand trial for molesting the girl.

The sentence was the result of a plea agreement. The girl plead guilty to manslaughter. She will reside in a residential treatment facility for 2 years.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Kim Kitchen said, "We worked a long time in coming up with this resolution. We spoke with the Police Department, the victim's family, doctors, the Department of Human Services and probation. The facts of the case and the opinions of the individual parties were all taken into consideration."



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