Detroit dad sentenced in shooting death of 3-year-old
A Detroit man whose 11-year-old son allegedly shot and killed a 3-year-old while playing with a gun will spend up to 17 years behind bars in connection with the case.
Curry Bryson was sentenced Wednesday by Wayne Circuit Court Judge James Callahan to 2-15 years on involuntary manslaughter and 24 months for felony firearms charges for the 2015 death of Elijah Walker, his girlfriend’s son.
The sentences will run consecutively and Byrson will get credit for 17 days he’s already spent in jail.
The 3-year-old victim was visiting Bryson’s home in the 16000 block of Eastwood when police say he was shot around 1:40 p.m. Aug. 3 by Bryson’s 11-year-old son, who was visiting his father. The boys, according to authorities, were playing in a car in the backyard of Bryson’s home when the shooting happened.
Bryson told The Detroit News in August 2015 that his gun was locked up in a bedroom closet.
“My son broke into my stuff,” he said last year.
The youngster, a seventh-grader at Brewer Academy, is not being identified because of his age. He was charged in Wayne County Juvenile court in the shooting but was found incompetent to stand trial. The case against the 11-year-old boy was dismissed.
Bryson was convicted by a Wayne County jury April 6.