NEW CASTLE (AP) — A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the shooting death of his brother-in-law that he says was an accident.

A Henry County judge ordered the sentence Thursday for Kyle Tackett in the April death of 18-year-old James Daniels in New Castle. Tackett pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, with prosecutors dropping murder charges against him.

The Star Press reports Tackett tearfully told the judge the shooting happened when he held what he thought was an unloaded handgun. Authorities say Daniels was shot in the neck in the bathroom of a home he shared with his sister and Tackett.

Tackett told the judge he never wants to hold another gun as the prosecutor asked for the handgun used in the shooting be destroyed.