Former MTSU student reaches plea deal for campus shooting


The MTSU student who fired a gun on campus last semester striking another student in the hand won't be going to trial for the crime.

Former student Justin Macklin accepted a conditional plea deal today.

He agreed to plead guilty to aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and having a weapon on school grounds.

Macklin will be placed on two years of supervised probation.

As part of the plea deal, if he stays out of trouble during that time, he could get a diversion, meaning the charges will be wiped from his record.

"Justin and I have talked a lot about that and he certainly understands what happened and what he did was wrong by having a weapon on school grounds. It was never the intent to hurt anybody, but anytime you have a weapon there is always a chance. He understands that, and he's very remorseful about what happened," attorney Kirk Catron said.

Macklin is accused of firing a gun in front of the Student Union Feb. 14, 2011. The bullet hit the sidewalk and struck former student Austin Morrow in the hand.

This caused a campus-wide lock down. The SWAT team, U.S. Marshal, and police searched the campus before taking him into custody.

Macklin was kicked out of MTSU following the shooting. He has been accepted into the University of Memphis.

He will also have to pay restitution to Austin Morrow for medical expenses.Copyright WSMV 2011. All rights reserved.


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