SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City teenager has been sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting his 3-year-old sister in the face with a BB gun.

Adrian White, 18, pleaded guilty Monday in Woodbury County District Court to single counts of assault causing serious injury and child endangerment.

White shot his sister twice while playing with a BB gun May 17 at a home in the 400 block of West Third Street.

One BB fractured the girl's jaw and the other BB entered her eye and lodged next to her brain. One BB was surgically removed, but the one near her brain was left in place because doctors considered the surgery too risky, court documents said.

White's attorney had asked that he be tried as a juvenile because he was 17 at the time of the shooting, but the request was denied.

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