A Springfield man who was facing a potential life sentence in the death of his girlfriend will instead spend 10 years behind bars in a plea agreement.
Chase Collins entered a plea of guilty to involuntary manslaughter at the start of his second day of trial in the death of Cheyenne Dancause. Collins originally faced a second degree murder charge, which could bring a possible life sentence.
Court documents say the 22-year-old Collins claimed he accidentally shot the 20-year-old woman in the couple’s home. Police found the body of Dancause in a bedroom with two infant children.
Collins claimed the couple was fighting when they tried to put the babies to sleep, were waving their arms around and before he realized what happened, his gun fired the fatal round into Dancause.
Collins later claimed he knew the gun was in his hand but that both of them had their hands on the weapon when it discharged.
Judge David Jones accepted the plea agreement.