Chester Gap shooter pleads to manslaughter

David Michael Williams (left) pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death last winter of Brittney Danielle Koster (right).
David Michael Williams (left) pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death last winter of Brittney Danielle Koster (right).

David Michael Williams was arraigned today in Rappahannock County Circuit Court on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Brittney Danielle Koster last December.

Williams, 23, of Chester Gap, was originally charged with murder homicide, felony reckless handling of a firearm, and brandishing a firearm, the last a misdemeanor, but entered a plea agreement that amended the original indictment just days before a scheduled three-day jury trial.

Under the terms of the plea agreement — in which Williams maintains, as he has to investigators since the incident at his Chester Gap home last Dec. 15, that he did not know his 9mm handgun was loaded when he pointed it at Koster — Williams also pleaded guilty to the felony reckless handling. The misdemeanor charge will be dropped at the time of sentencing on Jan. 24.

Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. accepted the plea agreement, which recommends a sentence in which Williams would serve seven years in state prison. Whisenant ordered a full pre-sentencing report, then revoked Williams’s bail and remanded him to custody. Williams was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

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