No prison for Kao Xiong, dad whose unsecured gun was used by 4-year-old to kill brother, 2
|Xiong's boys were playing when his 4-year-old accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother Neejnco (pictured above).|
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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