Ferguson man was sentenced to 120 days in prison, the shocking moment when he shot and killed his 3-year-old son | Laws and orders
CLAYTON – A Ferguson man was sentenced on Friday to five years’ probation, including 120 days in prison, for leaving his 3-year-old son with a gun, who shot himself dead in 2019. .
Circuit judge Joseph Dueker sentenced Rodney March II, 31, to a 5-year suspended prison sentence with 120 days of “shocking time” in the St. Louis. steps are pleaded guilty in September for felony relief dangerous for children.
Conditions include six months of house arrest upon his release from prison and maintaining full-time employment or schooling. March was initially charged with Class A child endangerment, which carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
March’s attorney declined to comment Friday.
The case was filed by the District Attorney of St. Charles took the case because of a conflict in the St. Louis.
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Police said March’s son, Rodney March III, on September 12, 2019, found his father’s caliber 40 Glock in the bedroom of his family’s apartment at the 9500 block of Jacobi Avenue and shot himself in the head. Authorities said the boy found the gun on top of a closet.
Prosecutors recommended a five-year term for March; March’s attorney asked for a trial without going to jail.
Several of March’s relatives and friends wrote to the judge expressing support for March and asking for clemency.
Lisa Jones, an aunt, wrote in a letter that March was a “strong black man” who “beat the odds that so many young black men faced growing up in St. Louis.” She said March finished high school and attended Harris-Stowe State University.
“Rodney was devastated when he lost his name in a random shooting and he is still dealing with the fact that his son is no longer hers (sic) to celebrate his birthday, holidays. and family time,” she wrote.
She continued, “He has accepted the fact that his son is no longer here and will have to spend the rest of his life dealing with his death.”
She also said March and his wife already have a daughter, saying, “Rodney still needs to be in his daughter’s life so he and his wife can heal.”