Posted at: 09/16/2013 6:52 PM
| Updated at: 09/17/2013 4:11 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
Gary Cota, the Washington County boy who was killed at his Fort Edward home, in 2012.
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The 14-year-old Washington County boy, accused in the 2012 shooting death of his friend, made his first court appearance on Monday.
It is NewsChannel 13's policy to not identify children accused of a crime, unless they are charged as an adult, so we will not be giving the boy's name or showing his face.
It was a ten-minute proceeding in Washington County Family Court. The 14-year-old spoke only to give his name. He's accused of shooting the gun that killed his friend, Gary Cota, at Cota's Fort Edward home in June of last year.
The 14-year-old is accused of manslaughter, assault, and reckless endangerment.
The attorney assigned to the child, entered a general denial on his behalf, equal to pleading not guilty.
Police say the boy was holding the 12-gauge shotgun when it fired and killed the 13-year-old Cota inside his Keating Avenue bedroom.
If the court finds the boy is responsible for his friend's death, the penalty could be as stiff as being placed in a secure facility, or as little as a conditional discharge or probation.
The county attorney serves as the prosecutor in this case.
“I hope that this comes out with some sort of closure for the community and an understanding what happened. We'll see what direction it takes,” said County Attorney Roger Wickes.”
The county attorney did not ask for the child to be detained. The judge let him go home with his family, but ordered that he have no contact with firearms or other weapons.
The judge scheduled a conference in the case for the end of the month.