Man found guilty of neglect, drug-related counts after son’s shooting death

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A man has been found guilty on multiple counts of neglect and drug-related charges, nearly two years after the death of his 1-year-old son.

It was back in June of 2020 when 1-year-old Javion Sexton died, as the result of an accidental shooting by his 4-year-old sibling who got ahold of a gun.

It happened at the father’s home in the 600 block of Leland Avenue in South Bend.

Following an in-depth investigation, a Grand Jury indicted the Javion’s father, Avion Sexton Jr., on 13 criminal counts, including Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death, and dealing and processing a narcotic drug.

Sexton faces more than 100 years in prison if sentenced to the max on all 13 charges.

Specifically, the jury found Sexton guilty of

Count 1: Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death, a Level 1 Felony,

Count 2: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug at least 10 grams, a Level 2 Felony,

Count 3: Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 3 Felony,

Count 4: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 2 Felony,

Count 5: Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Level 3 Felony,

Count 6: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 4 Felony,

Count 7: Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Level 3 Felony,

Count 8: Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Bodily Injury, a Level 5 Felony,

Count 9: Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Level 5 Felony,

Count 10: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 5 Felony,

Count 11: Neglect of a Dependent, a Level 6 Felony,

Count 12: Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Level 6 Felony,

Count 13: Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class A Misdemeanor.

His sentencing is scheduled for May 18.

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