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2 young people charged after accidental shooting in Florence

A tragic shooting accident has led to criminal charges against two young people in Florence. According to police, a 16-year-old boy purchased a handgun with which he accidentally shot his teenage sister on March 21. The girl was still in a hospital a week after the shooting.

The siblings were reportedly walking with a group friends in some woods near Florence Restaurant Supply when the gun was discharged. Initially, police were told that someone in a vehicle had driven by and shot the girl, but that story was later recounted as police looked into the matter.

The 16-year-old brother was taken to a Columbia juvenile facility. He has been accused of two weapons crimes and lying to police.

Further investigation led authorities to an 18-year-old from Florence. The young man is accused of selling the gun to the 16-year-old boy.

If you are a parent whose child has been accused of a crime, it is important to understand that your child's health and future could be at stake. Early legal intervention in these cases can help prevent long-term negative consequences for juvenile defendants. It's true that young people make mistakes that can get them into legal trouble, but a single youthful mistake shouldn't follow a child or teenager for the rest of his or her life.

In other cases involving young adults, it may be possible to have a criminal charge reduced or even dismissed, depending on the circumstances of the arrest. If a dismissal of charges isn't possible, then there may be other options for avoiding jail time and heavy fines. Accused individuals of any age should have legal representation when faced with any sort of criminal charge.

Source: scnow.com, "Second man charged in Florence March 21 accidental shooting," Traci Bridges, March 28, 2014

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