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Father Gets Probation in Hoke Accidental Shooting

Posted December 13, 2007 9:57 a.m. EST
Updated December 13, 2007 5:28 p.m. EST

— The father of a 10-year-old boy who accidentally shot his friend at a Hoke County home last month received probation Wednesday for a misdemeanor gun charge.

Tyler Matthew Marshall, 9, was shot in the head on Nov. 15 while he was playing at his friend's house. Police said the 10-year-old was playing with the gun when it went off.

The parents of the 10-year-old friend, Heath Dwayne Kinney, 35, and Loriann Kinney, 41, had been charged with a misdemeanor offense of selling or giving a weapon to a minor.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said charges have been dropped against Loriann Kinney, who said she was not home at the time of the shooting.

Tyler was moved Thursday from WakeMed in Raleigh to a rehabilitation facility in Charlotte.