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Ottawa man to serve majority of sentence on probation in accidental shooting of 4-year-old

October 1, 2013

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An Ottawa man will serve three years probation following 60 days in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center after being found guilty in the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old boy in January.

Last month, Brian K. Bruno, 40, was sentenced to more than four years with the Kansas Department of Corrections after being found guilty of aggravated battery and child endangerment by District Judge Thomas H. Sachse. On Monday, Sachse ruled that Bruno's sentence, 52 months for aggravated battery and 12 months for child endangerment, to be run at the same time, would be served on probation.

As part of the sentence, Bruno cannot have contact with the victim nor can he possess a firearm. Bruno must also register as an offender under the Kansas Offender Registration Act.

Bruno was arrested and charged on Jan. 4 after a boy was accidentally shot in the leg with a handgun at his home in the 1100 block of North Oak Street in Ottawa. The boy survived the shooting. Bruno was not the boy's father, but did live in the same home. In August, Bruno pleaded no contest to the charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

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