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Family furious as fire captain was given lenient sentence for fatally shooting 16-year-old firefighter at station

By Mason White 9:38 AM October 2, 2017
George Matis Jr.
By: George Matis Jr.

(Scroll down for video) A mother is very frustrated that justice was not served in the death of her son.

According to the mother, 16-year-old Parker Hess of Redstone Township, Pennsylvania, was a great boy and knew what he wanted to do with his future.

Hess wanted to help people so he became a firefighter.
However, just one week after his 16th birthday, Hess was shot in the face by his fire chief.

The teenager died inside the Republic Volunteer Fire Department last November.

22-year-old George Matis Jr. was arrested after police said he accidentally shot the teen while handling his gun.

The teen’s family wanted the fire chief to be charged with criminal homicide, but prosecutors refused.

Instead, Matis pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to up to 23 months in jail, and will also have to pay restitution.

The teen’s mother, Heather Hess, said that the sentence was a slap on the wrist. “My son will never have justice,” the brokenhearted mother said.

The teen’s grandmother said that Matis never apologized for killing Hess, and he never showed remorse over his actions.