Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Dad of 4-Year-Old New Jersey Boy Who Fatally Shot Neighbor, 6, Pleads Not Guilty to Child Endangerment

The 34-year-old man is accused of keeping a loaded .22-caliber rifle unsecured in his bedroom

View Comments ()



    The father of a 4-year-old boy who shot to death a 6-year-old neighbor with his father's unsecured gun has rejected a plea bargain that would have required him to serve seven years in prison.

    Anthony Senatore of Toms River pleaded not guilty Monday to six counts of child endangerment.

    The 34-year-old Senatore is accused of keeping a loaded .22-caliber rifle unsecured in his bedroom. His son found it there in April, took it outside, and shot 6-year-old Brandon Holt once in the head.

    Senator's lawyer says his client is "deeply horrified over what took place and feels awful about it." But the lawyer says Senatore should not have been charged with a crime, saying the case belongs in civil court.

    Neighbor's Dad Charged in 6-Year-Old's Shooting Death

    [NY] Charges Filed Against NJ Father of 4-Year-Old Boy Who Shot and Killed Neighbor, 6
    The New Jersey father of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old neighbor has been arrested, accused of having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children, officials said. Jen Maxfield reports. (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013)

    Senatore did not speak during the hearing.

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytime