- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania man accused of leaving a loaded pistol on his kitchen counter, leading his 9-year-old son to accidently shoot and injure his 6-year-old half brother, has pleaded guilty.

Thirty-year-old Christopher McNeely entered the plea Thursday to a charge of recklessly endangering another person. The Ford City man will likely serve probation in the case.

Prosecutors say McNeely left two guns on his kitchen counter last summer before going to bed. Authorities say McNeely’s 9-year-old son found the guns and shot his 6-year-old half brother. The boy survived with serious damage to his left arm.

McNeely’s attorney says his client understands he used bad judgment

McNeely’s wife, Crista, is scheduled to go to trial June 6 on a child endangerment charge. Her attorney couldn’t be reached for comment by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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