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Boy gets probation for accidental shooting

PORT ORCHARD, Wash., March 7 (UPI) -- A 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot an 8-year-old girl at a Bremerton, Wash., elementary school has been spared a custodial sentence.

The boy agreed at a juvenile proceeding Tuesday to testify against his mother and her boyfriend, The Seattle Times reported. Jamie Lee Passmore and Douglas L. Bauer face charges for not properly securing the gun.

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Investigators say the boy, who has been living with an uncle since his grandmother died of cancer in 2010, found the gun while he was visiting his mother. He brought it to school concealed in his backpack and it went off when he dropped the pack on his desk.

Amina Kocer-Bowman was shot in the spine. She remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center after five operations.

Her parents, Teri and John Bowman, were at the sentencing. In a statement, John Bowman called the boy's home "volatile, unstable."

The conditions of the boy's probation include counseling and continuing to study in spite of his expulsion from Armin Jahr Elementary School. He must also write a letter of apology to Amina and submit it to the court.

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