An Ohio father pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter after his 4-year-old son found his handgun in the car and shot himself in the head.
Terrance Allen, 49, of Akron sobbed in court. He was sentenced to three to 11 years in for the Jan. 23 incident. He also faces charges for not having a license for the gun.
Four-year-old Jamarcus accidentally shot and killed himself after he discovered a handgun in the back seat of Allen’s car. Just a week before, his mother, Jamelia Allen, allegedly scolded Jamarcus for playing with the gun, which she said was hidden in their bathroom.
Allen, who had a 1996 burglary charge, was banned from owning a firearm. Jamelia Allen told Ohio.com that she asked her husband to get rid of the handgun. The couple was in the process of divorcing but was still sharing a home.
After the shooting, Allen flagged down a police car. Jamarcus was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Jamarcus wouldn’t stop," his mother said. "He was so full of life. The only way he would stop was when he would fall asleep. That’s the only thing that would slow him down.”
Allen, whose family was in court Tuesday, made a plea agreement, but Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Jonathan Baumoel said “no promises” were made about sentencing.
When the Judge Judy Hunter accepted his plea, Allen reportedly began crying and was consoled by his attorney. The court heard statements from the family as part of the plea.
Allen could face nine months to three years for illegal possession of a firearm.
His is being held on $350,000 bond until sentencing, which is scheduled July 16.