SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Sioux Falls man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for fatally shooting his brother has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jeremy Eischens was charged in July 2017, after he brought his 24-year-old brother, Brandon Eischens, to the emergency room with gunshot wounds.

Eischens initially said his brother had been shot in a drive-by shooting, but later admitted that he accidentally shot him. Police say Jeremy was drunk and high on marijuana at the time of the shooting.

More than a dozen friends and family members attended Friday’s sentencing. The parents of the two men, Daryl and Cindy Eischens, said in a letter to the court asking for mercy that they’ve lost one son and could not bear to lose another.