WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A judge handed Bruce Pond 40 years in prison this morning for shooting and killing a four-year-old boy.
Pond pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after admitting that he was drinking when he fired two shots from a 22-caliber rifle late on July 23rd. Pond initially told police he didn't have a gun, but then admitted he fired the shots at a light.
The “light” was being held by four-year-old Jacob Michuda, who was shot in the head as he fished with his Father at an Ossian home.
Pond testified this morning that he found God in jail, nearly a month after the shooting. He testified during the hearing and apologized to the family, saying "he will live with the boys death every day". Pond also testified that his abusive past at the hands of his Father played a role in his criminal behavior, but he couldn't say exactly how.
Michuda's parents both addressed Pond and said they will never get over the loss of their son. The judge cited a number of aggravating factors in the 40-year sentence, including: his history of criminal behavior, the victim's age, a parole violation and his lies to police.
Pond will appear on the violent offender registry and was ordered to pay Michuda's family nearly $10,000 for medical and funeral costs.
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