AUBURNDALE, Fla. — A Four-year-old boy fatally shot himself with Demeko Desean Robinson’s gun in 2017.
This month, he acquired his sentence: 30 days weekend work launch.
In accordance with court docket paperwork, on Jan. 20, 2017, Auburndale police have been known as to a house, the place they discovered Robinson holding Avion Weaver. The boy had a towel wrapped round his head.
Robinson advised police the boy had run right into a desk, in response to an affidavit.
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EMS advised police the harm was, in truth, a gunshot wound. The boy was taken to a hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.
Investigators questioned Robinson, who reportedly advised them there have been no firearms within the residence. After stating the boy could not have shot himself if there have been no weapons round, investigators mentioned he advised them there was a 9 mm handgun within the residence, nevertheless it was saved in a lockbox.
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Robinson mentioned the field was normally locked, however “he might need unlocked it that night time,” the affidavit mentioned.
The gun was not discovered within the residence, and investigators requested the place it was. Robinson advised them there have been a number of individuals within the residence who might need taken it, although he couldn’t identify them, in response to the affidavit.
Ultimately, the gun was discovered behind an air con unit at a close-by residence. The gun nonetheless had 4 rounds in it, however police mentioned it was clear the chamber had been emptied, put the protection again on and hit the gun after it was fired.
The gun had been reported as stolen from a Lakeland pawn store. No lockbox was discovered within the residence, police mentioned, however a sawed-off shotgun was discovered.
Six days later, the boy’s mom advised police she had by no means seen a lockbox just like the one Robinson had described. She additionally mentioned she had spoken to Robinson, and he advised her he had thrown the gun out.
He was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a kid, possession of a short-barreled rifle, tampering with proof, possession of an altered firearm and offering false info to a legislation enforcement officer throughout an investigation.
After greater than two years of court docket proceedings, on Feb. 26 of this 12 months, he was allowed to plead responsible to the lesser cost of aggravated youngster neglect. The opposite expenses have been dropped.
In accordance with the Lakeland Ledger, he was sentenced to 30 days of weekend work launch on the Polk County Jail, to be adopted by 5 years probation. He may have gotten 15 years in jail.
The Ledger reported Choose Keith Spoto had sole discretion on the sentence. Spoto defended the lighter sentence by saying the crime was an remoted incident, that it was dedicated “in an unsophisticated method” and that Robinson had demonstrated regret.
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