Father of Illinois school shooter gets probation


Bloomington -- The father of a central Illinois teenager who pulled a gun in his class and fired shots into the ceiling has admitted giving the boy the weapon.


Forty-three-year-old Rodney Kinder pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful delivery of a firearm to a minor. He was given two months of probation.


A second charge was dropped in a plea deal.


Kinder's son was sentenced to juvenile prison for the Sept. 7 shooting at Normal Community High School. A teacher tackled the teen and no one was injured.


The boy pleaded guilty but mentally ill in December.


According to court documents, Kinder gave his son the .22-caliber Ruger pistol for Christmas in 2011 though he knew the boy didn't have a valid firearm owner's identification card.

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