Family of boy slain by young neighbor gets nearly $600,000

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Posted: May 23, 2016 5:15 PM

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The parents of a New Jersey boy who was 4 when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor have been ordered to pay nearly $600,000 to the slain youth's family.

Anthony and Melissa Senatore will also have to pay punitive damages to Brandon Holt's parents under the ruling issued Monday. But that amount hasn't been determined.

Anthony Senatore has admitted keeping a loaded .22-caliber rifle unlocked in his bedroom, where his son found it in April 2013. The boy took it outside and shot Brandon Holt once in the head.

Senatore received a three-year prison term last year after he pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

The rulings came in a wrongful death suit brought by Holt's family. The Senatores were ordered to pay $572,588.