Tongan man whose toddler son fatally shot self with illegal gun escapes prison time

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 25, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A Tongan man facing as many as 22 years in prison has been sentenced to 90 days in jail following the accidental shooting death of his 2-year-old son.

Tasman William Alexander Maile, 28, was charged after his toddler son accessed a gun at their West Valley City home, and shot himself on May 26 of this year. The boy died later at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Maile told investigators that he had been asleep, with the gun within arms reach and the safety off, when his son took the the firearm and fired it.

On July 13, Tasman Maile pleaded guilty to reduced charges of:

  • Criminal homicide, negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor
  • Obstructing justice, a third-degree felony
  • Three charges of purchase, transport, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony
  • Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, Judge Todd M. Shaughnessy waived Maile’s prison time, and sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with 10 days credited for time served. He also sentenced Maile to three years of probation.

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