A 14-year-old accused of fatally shooting his brother in Henderson was sentenced Wednesday to nine months probation, with the option of attending Spring Mountain Youth Camp.
The boy, whose name has not been released because he was charged as a minor, pleaded guilty last month to one count of pointing a gun at another human being.
The teenager was arrested on April 13 after his 10-year-old brother, Dylan Houston, was found dead in their home near South Gibson Road and Paseo Verde Parkway.
A Ministry of Children and Family Services report said the boys were home alone at the time of the shooting.
“A concern is noted with supervision and how the firearm may have been accessed,” the report said.
Family Court Judge William Voy reviewed a pre-sentence report on Wednesday, which said the boy was not likely to re-offend and had no previous charges. The boy is in ninth grade and competed in ROTC.
Voy ordered the teenager to complete 200 hours of community service and bereavement counseling. Voy District and Clark County Attorney Mike Watson requested gun safety training, but defense attorney Lance Maningo requested that the boy’s therapist be consulted first.
“Even the sight of guns has an effect on him, as you can imagine,” Maningo said. “Part of his advice is based on post-traumatic issues.”
Voy asked that the boy be reconsidered for Spring Mountain youth camp near the end of his probation to overcome any guilt he feels in the shooting.
“I’m a strong believer in atonement and atonement, so you can go on for the rest of your life, if you don’t get over this big hurdle in this process, I’ve found a camp placement for one while this tends to help that,” Voy said Wednesday. “If you don’t go through this process of atonement, feel that you have done something to atone, you can never put it to rest and your life has a good chance of ending up with drugs, alcohol or other developmental and mental health issues.”