Mother Pleads For Justice After Son Is Shot By Friend

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BALLWIN, MO. (KTVI) - On Friday, there will be a plea hearing in St. Louis regarding the shooting death of an 18-year-old man.

Matthew Pellegrini was shot in the head last February. Prosecutors said 21-year-old Kevin Beindorff shot Pellegrini in the head. Initial reports suggested that Pellegrini asked Beindorff to shoot him.

"There is no way that my son would asked for someone to put a gun to his head and pull the trigger," Pellegrini's mother Tami Inkley said.
"We want justice for what he did."

Beindorff is charged with involuntary manslaughter, which has a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison. He is also charged with armed criminal action, which could result in more prison time.

"Seven years is not justice for me son," Inkley said. "Please, please, please don't let him go with just seven years."

Inkley plans on placing a memorial bench in honor of her son at Vlasis Park in Ballwin.

"It is where he had his homecoming pictures taken, and we just thought it would be a good place," she said.

Pellegrini would have turned 20 on March 29.

"That is the weekend we will put the bench out there," Inkley said.

Inkley will be at the hearing on Friday.

"I really hope they listen to me," she said.

On Thursday, the Circuit Attorney's Office released the following statement about the case:

"We continue to do what we can to ensure Matthew Pellegrini and his family justice."

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