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Judge Orders Probation for Columbus Teen Who Accidentally Shot Friend
COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- The mother of an accidental shooting victim wants authorities to file additional charges connected to her son's death.
A juvenile court judge sentenced Levi Reed to one year of probation Friday for the July, 2012 shooting death of his friend, Noah McGuire.
Reed, 15, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide last month, and stated that he did not know a gun he had found in a bedroom in his grandparents home was loaded before he shot McGuire, 14, in the chest.
McGuire was spending the night at the home when he was killed.
McGuire's mother, Judi Sandoval, does not believe Reed should have been charged in her son's death. Instead, she wants the gun's adult owner to be held responsible.
"He's a good boy. He's a good boy and I hate to see him mixed up in the criminal justice system," Sandoval said of Reed. "I'm angry an adult has never been charged. Columbus police have failed to do that."
No additional arrests will be made in connection with case, according to prosecutors.
Sandoval has been telling her son's story at different conferences across the state in an effort to reduce the amount of gun violence against children by generating community action.
"I'm going to take this with me until the day I die, Sandoval said. There's no end to this for me and my family. There's no end to it for Noah's siblings, not for his father, none of us."
As part of his plea agreement, Reed has been ordered to perform community service and undergo counseling.