Parents Of Teens Who Died In Murder-Suicide Convicted Of Firearms Charge
Posted December 5, 2001 6:23 a.m. EST
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — The parents of three teens shot to death in a murder-suicide were sentenced to 45 days in jail Wednesday on misdemeanor firearms charges.
Nissa Mae Warren and Boyd Kent Warren Jr. had been convicted of the charge in Johnston County District Court in September, but appealed to Superior Court. A jury began hearing evidence in the case Tuesday.
Investigators said the children's mother kept loaded guns in her bedroom and that all three children had been taught to use them.
Nissa Warren, 41, found her three children, Brandon, 14, Kyle, 13, and Marnie, 19, shot to death in the family's mobile home July 26.
Investigators said Brandon used his mother's rifle to shoot his half-sister four times and his brother 11 times before turning the gun on himself.
Nissa Warren and Kent Warren, 43, were found innocent in September of misdemeanor child abuse charges, which had been filed because investigators had found their home filled with garbage and animal waste.