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Catholic priest won’t face charge of manslaughter

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PITTSBURGH — An involuntary manslaughter charge against a Roman Catholic priest was dropped Monday after the death of a drunken college football player who fell through a church ceiling was ruled an accident.

The decision by deputy coroner Timothy Uhrich means the Rev. Henry Krawczyk is not eligible for involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Billy Gaines, who died June 18 during a cookout where the priest allegedly provided alcohol.

Krawczyk, 50, must still stand trial on a single count of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. He also faces six counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, all misdemeanors carrying up to one year in prison each.