Gun Owner Makes Plea Deal in Scripps Ranch Child's Death

Eric Klyaz, 10, died on Jun. 4 from a gunshot wound sustained while playing with a firearm inside the garage of neighbor Todd Francis

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Feb 10, 2014  |  Updated 12:10 PM PDT
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    A San Diego man accepted the terms of a plea deal in the case of a child who was fatally wounded while playing with a gun in the man's garage.

    Todd Francis pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges Monday in the death of fourth-grader Eric Klyaz.

    The 10-year-old boy died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the chest inside Francis’ garage on June 4.

    The boy had been playing with Francis’ 9-year-old daughter in the family’s garage in Miramar Ranch North when the children discovered a firearm.

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    In a pretrial hearing, an investigator described his interview with Francis' daughter. She told police the children found the gun sitting on a sofa in the garage and both were holding the gun before it fired.

    San Diego police said they found two firearms in the home including a Sig-Sauer 9 mm handgun and a Remington 970 shotgun. Officials said only one firearm was secured.

    Francis was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and criminal storage of a firearm.

    Francis faces up to four years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for April 8.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.

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