The man who confessed to the accidental Christmas Eve shooting of his girlfriend has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Hilario Jose-Cruz, 24, was found guilty of the 2020 shooting after a three-day trial in Lee County.
According to the State Attorney’s Office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Lehigh Acres after a 911. When they arrived, they found Jose-Cruz standing near his girlfriend, who was lying on the ground bleeding after being shot in the chest. She died shortly after deputies arrived.
The State Attorney’s Office said Jose-Cruz told deputies that he had been drinking and smoking a THC vape pen while dancing with a loaded firearm right before the shooting.
Jose-Cruz is set to be sentenced on August 8.