By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Pulaski man will have to serve six months in jail for shooting his teenage son in the face with a pellet gun last summer.
Larry Junior Burton II, 33, pleaded no contest Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court to one count of unlawful wounding. A no contest plea means Burton isn’t contesting evidence was sufficient for a finding of guilt.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said Pulaski Police Sgt. R.D. Rucker responded to a domestic disturbance at Burton’s Ridge Avenue home June 4 and noticed Burton’s 16-year-old son had an injury to his face. The teen told Rucker that Burton had shot him in the face with a pellet gun a day earlier.
The youth indicated he was in the bathroom when Burton opened the door and pointed the gun at him, asking, “Do you feel lucky?,” according to Fleenor. The teen said the gun discharged, but he told police he wasn’t sure whether it was intentionally fired.
Burton removed the pellet from his son’s face, according to evidence.
Under terms of a plea agreement, Judge Marcus Long Jr. sentenced Burton to five years in prison, with all but six months suspended. Burton will be placed on three years of active probation upon release from custody.
The court also ordered Burton to have no unsupervised contact with his son during the probationary period.