SC father faces weapons charge in boy's shooting

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The father of a South Carolina boy who shot and killed his 10-year-old brother has been indicted on a federal weapons charge.

The State reported Friday that 45-year-old Gary Travis Roberts of Cassatt is charged with possession of a gun and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Officials say a 13-year-old boy shot his younger brother, Gaylord Roberts, in March because he took his spot watching television. The teen pleaded guilty in May to voluntary manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing.

Gary Roberts is charged with illegal possession of the .22-caliber pump-action rifle used in the shooting. He had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1991 and was prohibited from having guns or ammunition.

He was charged by state officials with illegal neglect of a child. It was unclear if Roberts has an attorney.

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duba_0707@yahoo.com
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duba_0707@yahoo.com 07/11/09 - 11:43 am
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Like father,like son. The boy

Like father,like son. The boy had no good example, so he does as his father had done! There goes another one t6o the system.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 07/11/09 - 11:53 am
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I see how well gun laws have

I see how well gun laws have kept guns out of his hands...

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Frank I 07/11/09 - 12:12 pm
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right andy.. the gun laws

right andy.. the gun laws won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals, only enforceming the current gun laws... the murder of Steve McNair is another fine example.. it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a handgun, yet his mistress did so just days before.. using it to murder Steve McNair and subsequently kill herself...

colcamp1
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colcamp1 07/11/09 - 12:46 pm
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Yes, do away with all laws.

Yes, do away with all laws. Laws do not stop murders, rapes, robberies.

Ode
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Ode 07/11/09 - 12:53 pm
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You are wrong Frank. It is

You are wrong Frank. It is not illegal for someone under the age of 21 to purchase a gun in a private transaction from an individual in most southern states. You only need to be 18.

disssman
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disssman 07/11/09 - 01:04 pm
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Although it wouldn't apply in

Although it wouldn't apply in this case, the only deterent for murder is a little old thing called "the electric chair". Do some research and you will see that as soon as we outlawed the chair, murders started increasing drastically. The reason for the low rates duringthe chairs existance was crooks didn't want to die a horrible death for their crime. Now we normally just send them to time out (prison) for a few years, declare them rehabilitated and release them. Alternatively we release them because of budget constraints. You can bet when people thought their punishment would result in their head catching on fire of their bowels vacating publically, they thought twice before pulling the trigger.

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patriciathomas 07/11/09 - 01:26 pm
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Punishment, deprivation,

Punishment, deprivation, restrictions ... all good ideas that have little meaning without responsibility. All interaction that doesn't begin with responsibility is just another form of domination.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/11/09 - 01:58 pm
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"Laws do not stop murders,

"Laws do not stop murders, rapes, robberies." Yep, laws that are not enforced or are "softly" enforced do not stop anything. Laws that are strictly enforced and punishments that keep the criminals off of the street forever will drastically reduce crime. Lock them all up for life or put them to death. The crime rate will drop dramatically. Rehabilitation has never worked and never will. Life sentences without parole always work. Death sentences are pretty effective too but we need to speed up the process. Liberals should not mind harshly punishing criminals. They don't mind harshly punishing hard working taxpayers on a daily basis. And every time they approve another tax or welfare program the working taxpayer gets a life sentence without parole for something we did not do and do not deserve. Where's the ACLU when you need them?

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justus4 07/11/09 - 02:00 pm
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This case sounds like people
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This case sounds like people of color are involved because responsibility appears to be factored in...and there sounds like a previous infraction. This kinda charges are only applied to minorities and the kid will probably be treated as an adult. Thirteen yrs old. Wow!

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lowellbrown 07/11/09 - 03:25 pm
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He took his spot watching

He took his spot watching TELEVISION? What the hell? Another tragedy is that eventually, the kid will be sent back into society without at least having had serious psychiatric treatment.

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KSL 07/11/09 - 07:33 pm
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Come on justus, you are the

Come on justus, you are the one stereotyping here. Prove that these kind of charges are applied only to minorities. Because justus has said it, it doesn't make it so.

KSL
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KSL 07/11/09 - 07:38 pm
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Ha Ha, justus. Both the dad

Ha Ha, justus. Both the dad and the son are very much white.

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