Emma Redlinger

Emma Redlinger

An eastern Iowa woman is facing up to 10 years in prison for her role in the accidental shooting death of a 14-year-old girl.

Fifty-three-year-old Robyn Merchant of Vinton has pleaded guilty to providing a firearm to a prohibited person.

Police say, in February of 2015, Merchant gave a semi-automatic rifle to her then 16-year-old son Dillon Winterroth. A day later, another teenager was handling the gun when it fired and hit Emma Redlinger of Vinton in the head. She died later at a hospital.

Seventeen-year-old William Hines Junior faces charges that include involuntary manslaughter. His trial is scheduled in July. A judge has ruled Hines will be tried as an adult.