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story.lead_photo.caption Kalesha Peterson

A Fulton woman pleaded guilty this week to first-degree manslaughter in Callaway County Court.

Kalesha Peterson, 40, pleaded guilty during a hearing before Callaway County Judge Kevin Crane, who sentenced her to eight years in prison, according to information from the Callaway County Prosecutor's Office.

Peterson admitted she had recklessly caused the death of her boyfriend, David Dalton, in March 2019 by shooting him.

Authorities said Peterson called 911 immediately after shooting Dalton. Officers responded to the residence on East First Street and found Dalton on the floor in the bedroom with a single gunshot wound to the head. The officers attempted life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. Paramedics attempted to treat Dalton, but he died at the scene.

Peterson told investigators she had been drinking whiskey and had attempted to act out a scene from a movie when the gun discharged and Dalton was struck. Peterson admitted she had known the handgun, a revolver, was loaded. Peterson provided a breath sample that confirmed she had consumed an alcoholic beverage.

Investigators found a partially consumed bottle of whiskey in the bedroom shared by Peterson and the victim while the movie was still playing on a television in the bedroom when the first officers arrived at the residence.

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