ROCK SPRINGS, WY. – A southern Wyoming man who fatally shot his girlfriend has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports 42-year-old Stephen Taranovich struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Jan. 28 death of 43-year-old Danielle Martin. He is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

Taranovich, who was facing a charge of second-degree murder, told investigators he unintentionally shot Martin in the head when he took a .40-caliber handgun out of his back pocket to clean it. He could be sentenced to life in prison because he has three prior felony convictions.

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Information from: Rock Springs (Wyo.) Rocket-Miner, http://www.rocketminer.com