No prison for Kao Xiong, dad whose unsecured gun was used by 4-year-old to kill brother, 2

Categories: Crime, Law, Tragedy
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Xiong's boys were playing when his 4-year-old accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother Neejnco (pictured above).
A Hennepin County judge today sentenced Kao Xiong to probation and time served for leaving an unsecured gun in his Cedar-Riverside home last December. The gun -- loaded, hidden in a sofa, and without a working safety -- was used by Xiong's 4-year-old son to accidentally and fatally shoot his 2-year-old brother.

THE BACKSTORY: Kao Xiong, father of 4-year-old who fatally shot 2-year-old brother, charged with two felonies

Sentencing guidelines called for Xiong to spend four years in prison, but after the sentence was announced, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he was satisfied that Xiong had taken responsibility for his son's tragic death. Judge Daniel Moreno expressed similar sentiments during the sentencing hearing. As part of his punishment, Xiong was ordered to spend 100 hours talking to the Hmong community about gun safety.

Last month, Xiong was convicted of two felony counts of manslaughter and two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

During today's hearing, Xiong said: "I apologize to my son... who I loved so much," the Pioneer Press reports.

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I sure hope Kao Xiong has learned not to keep loaded guns around the house in places where his children can easily get a hold of them. If not, this sentencing was a joke. Personally he should have received some community service to talk about gun safety at the very least.


@Erica Did you even read the article Erica? He did 100 hours of community service and was convicted of felonies. I'm sure the loss of his son taught him a serious lesson.

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