Neighbor's like Joe Webster who live on this quiet street Frayser, where Tencil Jones lives with her children, were shocked to find out she is facing two counts of reckless endangerment, "The kids are well behaved, they're never loud, they obey, she seemed like a good mom."
Jones and her friend Marvin Millbrook are facing the same charges after Jones' five year old son found a gun in this house, took it to school where the weapon fired inside of the Westbrook Elementary's cafeteria.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says, "We have to follow the facts, we have to look at the evidence, we have to look at the law and make those determinations in this case the grand jury has spoken."
Weirich says Jones and Millbrook are facing two counts because Jones's 8-year old daughter found the gun first. It was taken away and shortly thereafter found again but this time by Jones' 5 year old son whom investigators say put the weapon in his backpack.
Weirich says, "The message here is step up and be a parent, check your kids backpack before you send them out to school."
The D-A says even though the incident happened on August 22, the grand jury wasted no time handing up an indictment.
Weirich says, "Memphis Police began investigating this case immediately and at the end of that investigation the information was turned over to this office and indictments were returned.
Neighbor's say they're still unsure what to make of what happened, but D-A Weirich says she knows if parents don't step up, the law will continue to step in.
FULL RELEASE FROM OFFICE of the DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL:
A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted the adults connected to the 5-year-old who brought a gun to Westside Elementary School on August 22, 2013.
Tencil Jones (age 28) and Marvin Millbrook (age 27) were indicted Thursday on two (2) counts each of reckless endangerment.
The Memphis Police Department investigation revealed that on or before August 22, 2013 Marvin Millbrooks brought a loaded handgun into the home of Tencil Jones and her children. The weapon was not properly secured and Tencil Jones' eight-year-old daughter found the gun. Although the weapon was taken from the eight-year old child, it was stored in a manner and location accessible to the five-year old child who later retrieved it. The five-year old placed the loaded gun in his backpack and took it to school.
Officers responded to reports of a shot fired inside Westside Elementary School on the morning of August 22, 2013. Westside Elementary school officials reported the shot was fired inside the school's cafeteria among other children and adults. One of the adults notified school officials upon locating the gun inside the backpack.
Reckless endangerment is a class "E" felony with a sentence of up to six (6) years.
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