A Jones County man pled guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter as the result of the 2019 shooting death of a toddler.
Darius Julius Johnson entered the plea in Jones County Superior Court Oct. 30. Johnson received a sentence of 10 years for the charge of involuntary manslaughter, 12 months for reckless conduct and five years for felony theft by receiving stolen property.
The counts are to run concurrently for a total of 10 years with the first two years to be served in confinement. The remainder of the sentence is to be served on probation.
The sentence states that the defendant may serve the confinement in the Jones County jail, and he is to receive credit for time served from his June 12, 2019 arrest.
A story in The Jones County News about the shooting stated that the weapon involved in the shooting had been identified as a stolen gun.
Jones County Coroner Matt Jarrett reported that the toddler was pronounced deceased June 14, 2019, at Navicent Health Medical Center. He said the two-year-old had been on life support since the shooting.
Jones County Sheriff’s Department Investigator John Simmons said the shooting was reported about 3 p.m. June 12, 2019. He said when officers arrived at the address on Avalon Drive, they found that a two-year old had been shot in the head.
Simmons said the toddler and a five-year-old sibling had been playing with a gun prior to the shooting.
Capt. Jimmy Black said the 18-year-old Johnson was arrested and charged with reckless conduct and theft by receiving stolen property.
Simmons said Johnson told him he was asleep at the time of the shooting and he told officers the gun must have fallen out of his pocket.
The investigator said it was later discovered that the gun had been stolen during a burglary at a Jones County residence in April.
In a follow up interview, Black said a 14-year-old juvenile was arrested June 13 for the burglary where the gun was stolen. The juvenile was charged with burglary, theft by taking firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.
He added that the juvenile was a suspect in several local burglaries.
The captain said information about the juvenile developed during the questioning of Johnson.