MARTINEZ -- A 29-year-old Antioch father with a history of gun-related convictions was sentenced Friday to six years and eight months in state prison in connection with the accidental fatal shooting of his youngest son on his second birthday.
Two-year-old Jayonn Carr and his 4-year-old brother were playing alone in a bedroom Dec. 2, 2010, when they found a 9 mm handgun that went off, killing Jayonn.
Their father, Eddie Lee Carr, was out making arrangements for the child's second birthday party when the accident occurred. The children's grandmother had been baby-sitting them. Their mother was at work.
"I'm not sure 'sad' or 'tragic,' frankly, goes far enough," said Judge Brian Haynes, who added that he hopes the family sees that Jayonn's older brother receives an adequate amount of therapeutic services.
Carr on Friday accepted a court-offered deal and pleaded no contest to all of the charges: child endangerment, child endangerment causing death, being a felon in possession of a firearm, criminal storage of a firearm and cocaine possession. The District Attorney's Office had called for an eight-year sentence, deputy district attorney Paul Graves said.
Carr did not make a statement at sentencing and, having been free on $200,000 bail, was taken into custody by bailiffs at the end of the hearing.
Carr told police after his arrest that he loaded the gun and placed it in the drawer that morning after hearing gunfire he thought
While out on bail in December 2011, Carr was arrested again by Pittsburg police after allegedly being found with several firearms and a "significant amount" of illegal drugs. Prosecutors declined to file charges against him in that case, citing insufficient evidence, Graves said.
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