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Father of boy who fired shots at NCHS gets probation, fine

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Rodney Kinder

Rodney Kinder

BLOOMINGTON — The father of a teenager who held a Normal Community High School teacher and classroom hostage last year has pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of a firearm to a minor.

A second charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

Rodney Kinder, 43, who appeared before Judge Paul Lawrence on Thursday, was ordered to serve 24 months of probation and pay a $300 plus court costs. A 30-day jail sentence will be stayed unless he violates terms of probation, and he will receive credit for one day served in jail.

According to court documents, Kinder gave his son a .22-caliber Ruger pistol for Christmas in 2011, knowing the boy did not possess a valid firearm owner’s identification card.

“(Kinder) has no criminal history, he cooperated with police and the juvenile was prosecuted in juvenile court,” said McLean County Assistant State’s Attorney Aaron Hornsby.

The teenager was sentenced to state juvenile prison Tuesday for firing a handgun in a crowded classroom during a Sept. 7 incident that sent 1,800 students and staff fleeing from the school to a nearby church.

In December, the boy pleaded guilty but mentally ill to armed violence by discharging a weapon; unlawful use of weapons; possession of a handgun while he was under 18; and unlawful restraint. Eight other counts were dismissed.


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