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Woman sentenced to at least 5 years in shooting death of friend in bar fight

A woman accused of fatally shooting her friend during a Charlotte bar fight has been convicted and sentenced to at least five years in prison.

In the early hours of Dec. 13, 2009, a fight at Dot's Hot Spot on Wilkinson Boulevard spilled outside into the parking lot, police said.

Sabrina Ann Black later told detectives she got a gun from her car to break up the fight, according to the Mecklenburg District Attorney's Office. Black said her friend, 23-year-old Mary Elizabeth Wilson, tried to stop her from using the gun when it accidentally went off.

The shot hit Wilson in the face, killing her, prosecutors have said.

Black was initially charged with first-degree murder.

The case first went to trial earlier this year but ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Prosecutors had argued that although the bullet was not intended for Wilson, Black was responsible for her death. Black's attorney called the shooting a "tragic accident."

At the end of this week's trial, a jury found Black guilty of voluntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to about five to seven years in prison.

Arrest records show she was charged in February with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling to keep or sell a controlled substance. Those charges are pending.

While she was in jail in June, Black participated in the Mecklenburg Sheriff's intervention program for at-risk youth. The Reality Program, which gives juvenile delinquents a chance to see jail life, was filmed for an episode of A&E's "Beyond Scared Straight" series. The episode aired this week.

In the episode, Black is shown warning teen girls to stay out of trouble.

"It ain't no life for y'all," she told them.

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