A judge ordered a Henrico man to pay $100 for allowing his great-grandson to bring a loaded gun onto a school bus.
Harvey Pleasant was found guilty Thursday of leaving a loaded gun with a child under the age of 14 and fined $200, with $100 suspended.
Pleasant left his 9mm in a holster in a plastic bag in his home. There was a lock box at the house, but it wasn't being used. Prosecutors say Pleasant took the gun out because of an incident at the home the night before the boy took it to school.
The next day his 7-year-old great-grandson took the gun with him on a bus going to Ratcliffe Elementary School in Henrico. Students said the boy threatened classmates on the bus with the gun. The bus kept on going for six stops, before reaching the school. Police removed the child from his classroom and got the gun out of his backpack. Prosecutors say the safety was not on and there was a bullet in the chamber.
"For this case both my office and the police department thought long and hard on what we though was the best manner to handle this case," says Henrico Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor.
Prosecutors did say there's been a good dialogue between law enforcement and the family to educate them on gun safety.
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