FLINT (WJRT) (3/4/2019) - A Linden man will spend the next six years behind bars after he admitted to shooting and killing his best friend last year while they were playing with a handgun.
A judge handed down the sentence to 22-year-old Floyd Blalock, who addressed the family of victim Christopher Baldwin in court.
Blalock was extremely emotional, apologizing over and over to Baldwin's family during the hearing.
Blalock pleaded guilty in January to manslaughter and a felony firearms charge. The original charge of second-degree murder was dropped in exchange for his plea.
Blalock admitted to shooting and killing Baldwin, who was his best friend and roommate. Blalock's attorney, Matt Norwood, said the two had a habit of playing with the many guns around their Argentine Township home.
In September 2018, Blalock took the clip out of a gun and pointed it at Baldwin's shoulder, not knowing there was a bullet in the chamber. He pulled the trigger and killed his friend.
"It's eventually going to lead to someone dying and in this case it could've been my client who died because they both were dry firing guns at each other," Norwood said. "Unfortunately it was Chris and fortunately it wasn't my client. But, everyone's life is ruined from this. There's so many families impacted. Guns are not a toy and unfortunately these kids were using guns as a toy."
Baldwin's family declined to comment outside the courtroom. During Monday's hearing in court, they told Blalock that they forgive him for what happened.