Man sentenced to 12 years after 3-year-old son's death in Madison Twp.

On Friday, a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge sentenced Steven Wallen to 12 years for his role in the death of one of his twin sons in 2017. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Franklin County man will spend up to 12 years behind bars after one of his 3-year-old twin sons shot and killed himself when he found a loaded handgun at home.

Steven Wallen earlier plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter with a gun specification in the death of his son Jachin Wallen. A judge sentenced him to 11 years on the manslaughter charge, and an additional one-year on the gun specification.

"I want everybody in the room to hear me say that Mr. Wallen will have an opportunity to rebuild and reconstruct his life, and that is an opportunity that Jachin will never enjoy," said Franklin County Court of Common Please Judge Kimberly Cocroft.

Police were called to a home on Wade Road in Madison Township on reports of a shooting in September 2017. Jachin Wallen was discovered shot at the house and was later pronounced dead. Investigators said the 3-year-old discovered the loaded handgun on a shelf at the home on Wade Road. They believe he was able to reach it, with a bullet from the gun fatally striking him once in the head.

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This happened while his twin brother Jaxon was in the room, according to court proceedings.

After the sentencing, ABC6/FOX28 talked to Jachin and Jaxon's mother, Wallen's ex-wife.

"This was justice for Jachin," said Jennifer Wallen, "It's the biggest thing for me to be voice for both my boys."

She said Jaxon, the surviving twin, still asks about his brother daily and deals with anger issues.

"He has his days, he talks about his brother a lot, he still doesn't fully grasp that Jachin in not coming back from the doctor," she said.

Wallen's defense attorney told ABC6/FOX28 that he does not agree with Wallen getting the maximum sentence and believes some of the judge's findings about Wallen's grief and behavior were not based in fact.

They will discuss what's next.


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