Man who accidentally shot 2-year-old nephew, 9-year-old niece sentenced to 3 years in prison

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The man who accidentally shot his 2-year-old nephew and 9-year-old niece was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday.

Lindsey Curry is charged with accidentally discharging a firearm on July 4, 2015, while the children slept on the floor.

The bullet went through the 2-year-old's abdomen before entering the 9-year-old's shoulder and coming to rest after penetrating her spinal cord. The shooting left the 9-year-old paralyzed from the waist down; the bullet remains lodged in her spinal cavity. The 2-year-old made a full recovery.

Cleveland Police Lt. Ali Pillow said there were other children, including a 10-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old baby, inside the home during the incident. They were not injured. The victims' parents were also inside the home.

Based on evidence and interview, police determined that Curry fired the shot. Curry denied the accusation.

On Sept. 14, following a six-day bench trial, Curry was found guilty of two counts of endangering children, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability.

"We are grateful to our law enforcement partners," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Hirschauer. "Because of their work, we were able to bring justice to the victims of this tragic and unnecessary shooting."

The mother of the children said that she did not want to see Curry in jail, but wanted to see him admit responsibility.

"She doesn't want him to go to jail, she just wants him to get some counseling help with his drug issues," a county prosecutor told the judge.

Curry was initially scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5, but his sentencing was delayed after he became sick in the courtroom.

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