A Clintonville teenager who unintentionally shot a friend last year was put on one year of probation today after pleading guilty to a delinquency charge of reckless homicide.
Franklin County Juvenile Court Magistrate Woodrow Hudson also ordered Levi K. Reed, 15, to do 100 hours of community service, attend counseling and have a nightly 9 p.m. curfew for the death of Noah McGuire.
“I want to understand why my son is dead,” McGuire’s mother, Jodi Sandoval, said during the court hearing. “I never will.”
Reed, a 10th-grader at Whetstone High School, cried as she spoke. He did not make a statement.
Reed fatally shot McGuire, 14, when the boys were spending the night at the Fairlawn Avenue home where Reed lives with his grandparents, Bill and Lisa Simon. Reed found a handgun behind a television set in a bedroom and pointed it at McGuire after removing the magazine.
Reed told police he thought the gun was not loaded. But the gun’s chamber contained a bullet.
Since her son’s death on July 5, 2012, Sandoval has spoken out for better gun safety in the United States, and she brought that up during the hearing.
“As we are gathered here today, more children are being killed,” she said. “Why are no adults being prosecuted in Noah’s death?”
Kathy Lynn Gray - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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