Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick is speaking out against a judge's decision to sentence a 14-year-old boy to house arrest in a school shooting that injured two students.
David Newman was released to his parents custody yesterday after
pleading guilty on Friday to a single count of battery with a
Washoe County Juvenile Court Master Janet Schmuck ordered him
subject to electronic monitoring and 24-hour supervision at his
parents' home in Reno until he completes 200 hours of community
County prosecutors are appealing the sentence, which Gammick
describes as "crazy."
He told The Associated Press today that it "sends an absolutely
terrible message" and undermines efforts to keep guns out of
Police say Newman took a .38-caliber pistol from his parents'
closet and fired three rounds in a hallway at Pine Middle School on
One boy was wounded in the arm and a girl was grazed by a bullet
that ricocheted off the floor. The boy was treated at a hospital
and released the same day and the girl was treated at the scene.
Newman's lawyer says Gammick is ignoring the facts surrounding
David Houston says Newman was incarcerated for two-and-one-half
months and underwent twice-weekly counseling with a psychologist
paid for by his parents. He says the state's own experts concluded
Newman moved from being a high risk to a low risk during that
period of time.