Holmes County Prosecutor Steve Knowling says 28-year-old Marion Yoder pleaded guilty Tuesday to negligent homicide.
Judge Robert Rinfret sentenced him to the maximum six months in the county jail on the misdemeanor conviction, but he suspended all but 30 days of the term. Yoder will be on probation for three years and will go back to jail for the full term if he violates it.
Yoder fired a shot into the air as he cleared his muzzle-loading rifle on Dec. 15. The round killed the girl, who was driving a horse-drawn buggy home from a Christmas party.