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Associated Press, Published June 27 2013

Light sentence for Minn. dad in son's accidental death

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis father whose 4-year-old son found his loaded handgun and accidentally killed his 2-year-old brother with it drew a light sentence after the judge said the man had finally accepted responsibility for his son's death.

Kao Xiong was sentenced to 10 years’ probation, plus 30 days in jail, for manslaughter and child endangerment. But with credit for time already served, Xiong was released Thursday.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/10nYOHP ) a key part of Xiong's sentence is 100 hours of community service educating the Hmong community about the dangers of firearms and making sure they are stored properly.

State sentencing guidelines and prosecutors had called for four years in prison. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says prosecutors were satisfied once Xiong finally took responsibility for his son's death.

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