Father of the 4 Year Old Who Shot a 6 Year old with his Dad’s Rifle Indicted – Agree or Disagree? [POLL]
Earlier today, Anthony Senatore, the father of the 4 year old who shot his 6 year old neighbor, was indicted on charges connected with shooting death of the boy.
Much has been made of this story from when it first occurred earlier in the year, and only serves to ratchet up the debate on gun control, and specifically what to do about gun owners who do not secure their otherwise legally owned firearms.
The father of a young Toms River boy who fatally shot his 6-year-old playmate earlier this year was indicted Wednesday on six counts of child endangerment.
An Ocean County grand jury returned the indictment against Anthony Senatore, 33, of Toms River on Wednesday.
Authorities say Senatore had multiple unsecured weapons in his home. They say his 4-year-old son got a .22 caliber rifle and fired a single shot that struck his 6-year-old neighbor, Brandon Holt, in the head, on April 8. Holt died the next day.
Senatore was arrested several weeks after the shooting, following a lengthy investigation, and was later freed on $100,000 bail.
Senatore faces five counts of second-degree child endangerment — one for each of the five unsecured firearms investigators say they found accessible to his own children, ages 12, 8 and 4. He also was charged with a third-degree count of child endangerment for endangering Holt, for keeping the loaded .22 caliber rifle unsecured in a bedroom where his 4-year-old son was able to access and fire the weapon.
Senatore also faces a disorderly person offense for enabling access by minors to a loaded weapon.
Authorities say that besides the rifle used to fire the fatal shot, two 12-gauge shotguns and two other shotguns were all found unsecured, in close proximity to ammunition and accessible to Senatore’s children.
Each of the second-degree crimes carry five- to 10-year prison terms upon convictions, while the third-degree crime carries a maximum prison term of five years.
Additionally, the Holt family filed a lawsuit at the end of May and could be seeking more than $1 million in damages in a lawsuit, the family’s attorney said. The suit claims that the Senatores acted recklessly in the death of Brandon.
Do you agree with the indictment filed against Anthony Senatore?