Man Sentenced in Deadly Gun Twirling Accident

Eric Stayton
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By: Julie Montanaro
December 8, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Eric Stayton just entered a plea to manslaughter in the accidental death of his sister, Renee Chaires.

The family was gathered for a birthday barbeque that day in September 2014.

Court records say Stayton was spinning a loaded firearm and re-enacting a scene from the movie "Tombstone," when he accidentally dropped the gun and it went off, killing his sister.

Stayton pleaded no contest to manslaughter in court this afternoon and was sentenced to three years in prison followed by seven years on probation.

Family members wept in court as Stayton was led away in handcuffs.

Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 3, 2015 6:10pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- We have just learned that Eric Stayton has bonded out of jail.

No further information is available at this time.

Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 3, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Eric Stayton has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the September 2014 fatal shooting of Renee Chaires.

Stayton is being held on $25,000 bond.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

By: Charlene Cristobal
September 15, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- There was a stillness in the air at La Sorelle Salon this morning as employees returned to work without their boss. Employees had to let Renee Chaires' clients know that she would no longer be able to be their stylist.

Chaires was fatally shot Saturday night while she was at a birthday party for her and her daughter. Chaires would've turned 40 this week. To celebrate, police say, they were holding a cookout at her older brother Eric Stayton's house.

"During this gathering there had been an accidental discharge of a firearm which resulted in, ultimately, the death of one of the persons there at the cookout" says Leon County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson James McQuaig.

Police say that Stayton was twirling a gun around. He went to re-holster the gun, it slipped out of his hand and onto a concrete floor. When the gun hit the floor, it fired, shooting Chaires in the neck. She later died at the hospital.

Friends of the family have started up a GoFundMe account to help the family with anything they may need. Since it's creation 15 hours ago, they have already received over $6,000 in donations.

As of today, LCSO is still investigating. Once they are finished, they will put it in the hands of the State Attorney to see if charges will be filed.

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