Anthony Senatore, the father of the 4-year-old New Jersey boy that allegedly shot and killed his 6-year-old friend while they were playing, has been indicted on six counts of child endangerment. Five of the counts are second-degree charges, and one is third-degree. He was also charged with a disorderly persons offense. Senatore was arrested immediately after the event occurred, but released on a $100,000 bail.
The 6-year-old victim’s name was Brandon Holt, and he was over at the Senatore household to play with his friend, the 4-year-old boy when the incident occurred. The two were apparently “pretend shooting,” according to witness accounts from neighbors, when the 4-year-old Senatore boy grabbed a .22-caliber rifle from his parents’ bedroom. He then fired a shot at Holt, who was seated in a golf cart outside. The shot hit Holt in the head, and the child died the following day at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey.
The case against Senatore claims that multiple firearms were found within the Senatore household, all within easy access to the man’s children of ages 4, 8, and 12. Among the weapons found were a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun, two Harrington & Richardson shotguns and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, as well as the .22 caliber rifle that resulted in Brandon Hoyt’s death, NJ.com reports.
The attorney representing the Holt family, Kevin L. Parsons, explained that no legal action could feasibly offset the pain caused by the death of Brandon Holt. “It doesn’t really heal anything, it doesn’t change anything. It is just the next step. It doesn’t give anybody any type of closure,” Parsons said.
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A disorderly persons offense can be charged in New Jersey if an individual is aware that minors could gain access to firearms that are not properly secured within that his or her home.