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Chesterfield man convicted under new law against leaving guns near kids

Posted at 11:09 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 11:09:52-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia man has been convicted of leaving a loaded firearm near his young son, who accidentally shot himself in the hand.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that the case is one of the first to be prosecuted under a new Virginia law that boosts the penalty for “recklessly” leaving guns near children.

Radell J. Bolden of Chesterfield was sentenced to a year in jail with all 12 months suspended.

Bolden also got 24 hours of community service. He must forfeit his gun and complete a firearm safety class.

The new law makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to leave a loaded, unsecured firearm around children under 14 in a manner that endangers their life or safety.