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Associated Press, Published June 27 2013

Father who left loaded gun unattended sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis father has been sentenced to 10 years' probation for leaving a loaded handgun where his 4-year-old son found it and accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother.

A judge Thursday said Kao Xiong's decision to accept responsibility for the death of his son was the main reason for probation. Xiong was also sentenced to 30 days in jail. The Star Tribune says that with the time he's already served in jail, Xiong could be released Thursday.

State guidelines and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office called for four years in prison.

Xiong was convicted of manslaughter and child endangerment for leaving the loaded gun tucked behind a pillow on a bed where his children were playing unattended. Two-year-old Neegnco Xiong was shot in the chest and died while playing with his older brother in December 2012.

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