Norfolk Sailor pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2nd trial

Austin Greening (left), Kris Klubert (right)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk sailor has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his best friend, according to the Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk.

Last year, Austin Taylor Greening was granted a new trial after he was convicted of second degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Kristopher Klubert.

Prosecutors said Greening invited Klubert over to his apartment on Gifford Street in March 2013. According to testimony, they played video games, were drinking beer and were loading and unloading guns. One of the guns went off, killing Klubert. Greening said the death was an accident, but prosecutors argued Greening shot Klubert in the face because of a gambling debt over the video game.

On Monday, the Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk tweeted Greening pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July 17.

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