May 16, 2012 in City

Mom of Bremerton schoolboy who shot classmate makes plea deal

Associated Press

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – The mother of the 9-year-old boy who brought a gun that discharged and wounded a classmate at a Bremerton elementary school has made a deal with prosecutors.

Jamie Chaffin pleaded guilty to two charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, with each count bringing a potential sentence of 14 months in jail.

Authorities had said Chaffin and her boyfriend caused the shooting by negligently leaving the handgun where the boy could pick it up at their house.

He put it in his backpack, and it went off Feb. 22, critically wounding Amina Kocer-Bowman.

Kocer-Bowman’s parents issued a statement saying that the plea deal is a “slap on the wrist.”

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