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Maine Man Who Sent Son to Day Care with Loaded Gun Gets a Slap on the Wrist

Posted on the 10 August 2013 by Mikeb302000
Yahoo News reports The father of a 4-year-old who brought a loaded handgun to day care in Maine has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct, claiming the incident was unintentional. The man, 31-year old Adam Keene, of Madison, placed the loaded, semi-automatic .380 caliber pistol in his son's day care bag when bringing it into his house and then forgot he had done so, said Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney. The gun, which Keene legally owned, had a round in the chamber and the safety activated. The gun was later discovered by an employee of the child's preschool day care in the rural central Maine community of Hallowell, near the state's capital of Augusta. Maloney said she chose not to pursue felony charges because she believed the incident was an accident. She said in a phone interview that the state had extended a plea offer to Keene, who has not yet responded to it. "If I thought that he'd intended to have the gun go to day care, this would be a very different case," said Maloney. "But I'm optimistic we'll be able to come to some common ground." You see how they do it?  You see how gun-lovin' prosecutors allow gun-lovin' criminals to continue doing their thing?  Firearm misbehavior should be taken more seriously than this? What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

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