Teen receives 6 years in shooting death of his friend

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Warren Circuit Court Judge Steve Wilson sentenced a Bowling Green teen to six years in prison for the 2018 shooting death of his friend.

Ricardo Americo Montelongo, 18, and his friend Abdul Jalal Hadi were visiting another friend on Moonlite Avenue the night of Dec. 16, 2018 when Montelongo was handling a gun that resulted in Hadi getting shot in the head, according to police records.

Montelongo was a juvenile at the time of the incident but was transferred to circuit court where he was prosecuted as an adult, court records show.

A Warren County grand jury indicted him in 2019 on one charge each of second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. On Jan. 24, he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge. The evidence tampering charge was dismissed. He was sentenced Tuesday.

“On the night of the incident, Ricardo was literally playing around with a revolver, something with which he had little familiarity. Almost jokingly, he pointed it at his best friend and pulled the trigger. The gun discharged, fatally wounding his friend,” Montelongo’s attorney Alan Simpson wrote in a motion for probation.

“This case, like many, is one that was fueled by immaturity and testosterone, and no ill will or evil motive,” Simpson wrote.