Bryant Going to Prison for 9 Years for Manslaughter 

A man from Knox is going to prison for 9 years for manslaughter. Luke Bryant, 20, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years with all but 9 suspended. In August, a jury found Bryant guilty of shooting and killing his friend, Tyler Seaney, 19. Two young lives were changed forever on February 19, 2011, when Bryant shot Seaney. Seaney’s future was taken from him and now a year and a half later, Bryant knows what his future holds. He’s been sentenced to 9 years behind bars for manslaughter. After his time in prison, he’ll be on probation for four years. Bryant also has to pay more than $3,000 in restitution.Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said, “The court clearly determined that the defendant’s conduct was reckless in causing Tyler Seaney’s death.”On the night of his death, Bryant pointed a gun at Seaney which he thought was not loaded and pulled the trigger. Seaney’s family explained to the judge during sentencing how much their lives have changed since.”I feel so broken, I don’t know if I’ll ever recover from this loss,” said Tyler’s mom Rhonda Seaney in her emotional statement to the court.Tyler’s sister Ashley said, “You’re looking at family feeling around in the dark desperately trying to figure out where and who they are and what to do next.”Bryant told the court that he too grieves for his friend, Tyler.”Tyler was my best friend. He helped me through so much and was like a brother to me. I think about him every day and every day the guilt I feel is as if my insides are being torn apart,” said Bryant.The judge considered the defendant’s age and the fact that he had no criminal record before making his decision. But Bryant’s friends and family still say 9 years is too long to be without him.”He always made me laugh when I was having a bad day and everyone else I know can say the exact same thing and now that’s gone,” said Bryant’s sister April Choate outside of court.Zainea hopes a lesson can be learned from all of this pain.She said, “Guns are not to be treated as toys. They are to be respected and used when necessary.”