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Six months given for wounding of son

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

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.

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4 Responses to Six months given for wounding of son

  1. Casper

    February 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    “The teen said the gun discharged, but he told police he wasn’t sure whether it was intentionally fired.”

    I do not know these people but the father was apparently around the age of 17 when his son was born and was still around. That says a lot more than many of the ‘fathers’ of today’s society.

    No contest is such an evil concept for the law. Often when the law says they have enough evidence and they don’t, they offer up plea bargaining. They know they don’t have enough evidence to convict and/or don’t want to spend the money. They’re bluffing.

    The problem occurs when for lack of funds for a decent lawyer and the fear of a worse punishment weighs on the defendant.

  2. Country Girl 2

    February 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I know of this Family and have little respect for either Parent! What Decent Parent would even think of Pointing this Air Riffle @ Your Child and ask, “Do You feel Lucky”! Sorry excuse for Parents and the Boys Mother is “Standing by Her Man”……Even though he has already had 2 other kids while married to Her!

  3. Will

    February 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

    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.

    If this true, this person needs to be removed from society. Six months is nothing.

    • Country Girl 2

      February 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      I agree with You, Will! What will this “Father” do next?

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