Updated 03/29/2012 05:13 PM
Father of boy who shot friend pleads guilty to child endangerment
A Wilton man whose 12-year-old son accidentally shot and killed a friend with his handgun was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of child endangerment. Our C.J. Spang has more.
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WILTON, N.Y. -- "Such a horrific thing happened to us and nobody seemed to be held responsible. It's not right," said Yury Naumkin. "It has nothing to do with justice or anything. Nothing can bring our son back."
More than a year after 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin was fatally shot by a classmate, Edward O'Rourke pleaded guilty Thursday to endangering the welfare of a child after he left his gun and ammunition in an unsecured part of the house where the two boys found it. The judge gave O'Rourke no jail time for the misdemeanor, although it could have carried a maximum sentence of one year behind bars.
"We're not blood thirsty or looking for a different outcome," Yury Naumkin said. "We just wanted people to be charged with the correct charges. When the charges, in our opinion, the charges are incorrect, then it doesn't really make a lot of sense."
"This was the highest charge possible," said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy. "You know, he wasn't involved in pulling the trigger, obviously, but leaving a gun with ammunition in proximity to two young children is criminal. That is what he pled guilty to."
The Naumkins say things have been difficult since losing their son, but friends and family have helped them through the tragedy, which they hope could be lesson for others.
"We hope that maybe, on this road, to justice, if you may call it that, will help somebody else," Yury Naumkin said.
Last August, O'Rourke's son admitted he handled the gun and knew it was dangerous. He was ordered to undergo counseling and given probation.