Texas Man Who Accidentally Shot 2 Teens Sentenced

EDINBURG (February 3, 2014) Dustin Wesley Cook, 38,, who earlier pleaded no contest to charges stemming from an accidental shooting in which two middle school students who were trying out for their school’s basketball team were seriously injured, was sentenced Monday to probation.

District Court Judge Bobby Flores sentenced Cook Monday to three years supervised released.

Cook was target shooting on Dec. 12, 2011 in a field about a mile behind Harwell Middle School in Edinburg when Nicholas Tijerina, then 13, and Edson Amaro, then 14, were struck.

Tijerina cannot walk and Amaro lost a kidney and suffered other internal damage.

Cook apologized in court Monday but maintained he had not been reckless or negligent.

Both families have pending civil lawsuits.