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Lee student sentenced for gun on campus

By Annette Falconer –bio|email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Robert E. Lee student accused of having a gun on campus has been released from custody and sentenced to 18 months probation.

According to Judge Floyd Getz, the student had been involved in gang activity since middle school.

The student says he was wanting to get out of the gang, but felt threatened by the other gang members.  The student reportedly traded a cell phone to acquire the gun, in an effort to protect himself from other gang members.

Judge Getz talked with the student in the hearing about gang activity, and how it leads to a dead end road.  The student agreed with the judge, and was apologetic to his family and friends and the community. 

His attorney, Cynthia Kent, says, "I know that the community was very concerned when you get an alert that there's a gun on campus…and there's a lock down.  He (the student) really told me, he wants to apologize to the entire community."

At the end of the hearing, Judge Getz ordered the student to repeat this statement to his mother: "Mom, I'm going to make you proud of my grades and the way I live my life."

His family and friends showed support today by coming to the hearing, and they are relieved to hear he will be coming back home, and know the probation is a good thing for the student.

"I feel like it's a very good thing, it gives him some time to actually think even more so what he did, the poor choice he made, the incorrect choice," says the students cousin, Yolonda Moore, "I feel that this was a positive step in the right direction, and he was given a second chance, and I sincerely feel like he can do the right thing. He can make the right choice."


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