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Father sentenced for leaving loaded gun within reach of 1-year-old son before fatal shooting

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 16:08:12-04

A Cleveland father will spend time in prison for leaving two guns within the reach of children, leading to the shooting death of his 1-year-old son.

Ricardo Sims, 27, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

On April 12, 2015, Shanee Robinson, 24, was watching her son Braylon and two other children when a 3-year-old found a handgun and fatally shot Braylon in the head.

Prosecutors said Sims did not live at the home on East 63rd Street where the shooting occurred but he left two loaded guns there. 

At the time of the shooting Police Chief Calvin Williams said: "It’s a sad day for Cleveland. A 1-year-old child lost his life."

Sims pleaded guilty in September, as did Robinson.

Sims got 18 months in prison for the involuntary manslaughter and endangering children counts, plus an additional mandatory 12 months for the firearm specification attached to the manslaughter charge.