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Burney Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Child Abuse Case

By Stephanie Vatz, Online Manager
Robyn Ridpath, Assignment Editor
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:41:18 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2013 07:15:44 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The man accused of leaving his shotgun out where his young children were able to reach it pleaded no contest in court Wednesday and was sentenced to eight years in a state prison.

Kevin Venia left his shotgun on an ottoman in the living room where his three children were playing. According to the police report, he then left the house and left the children alone inside.

After a short time, the 12-gauge shotgun fired one round, severely injuring his four-year-old girl and two-year-old boy. Through statements of the  5-year-old son and his mother, it is believed that the 5-year-old child got a hold of the shotgun and accidentally shot his siblings.

A half-brother to Kevin Venia, Ridge Gigax, was also present during the incident and told detectives that Kevin did in fact have a shotgun in the house and placed it of the children.

The shotgun was located near the house by Warden Boyd of the Department of Fish and Game, using a K-9.  The shotgun found was identified as the same shotgun that Kevin Venia had placed near his children.

Venia's children were turned over to Child Protective Services and the two children who were shot were taken to U.C. Davis Medical Center.

In court on Wednesday, Venia pleaded no contest to two child abuse felonies and one felony charge of first-degree criminal storage of a firearm. He was sentenced to eight years in state prison and he must serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.