Judge calls Detroit mother ‘living example of why people should not have guns at home’
By Andrew Shepperson
Judge Dalton Roberson (Photo: WDIV)
A Detroit judge scolded a mother during a Tuesday morning sentencing hearing, admonishing her for keeping a gun unsecured around children in her home.
Click On Detroit reported Shecolby Green was being sentenced for second-degree child abuse and a felony firearms charge, related to a March 25 incident in which her 9-year-old son shot himself with a handgun he had found in his mother’s purse.
The boy suffered a hand wound, was treated at a local hospital and was expected to recover.
Judge Dalton Roberson, a retired Wayne County Circuit judge who was filling in Tuesday for Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway, sentenced Green to three years probation and also took the opportunity to lecture the mother, telling her she should not keep guns in her home with children around.
Roberson also took it a step further, saying he believed if there were fewer guns, there would also be fewer problems in the country.
The judge’s lecture went as follows:
Mrs. Green, you are a living example of why people should not have guns in their house. And I’m not saying that just to you. I say it to myself, too. I was an assistant prosecutor, and assistant United States attorney, defense lawyer