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Second juvenile charged after guns stolen from elderly man

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Police have charged a second juvenile with criminal possession of a weapon after an investigation into an accidental shooting last Thursday in the village.

A 13-year-old boy was playing with a stolen gun when he accidentally shot his brother, 9, who was lying down in bed at 341 Caroline St. The boy was treated and released from the hospital with injuries to his arm.

Police quickly recovered two stolen guns from the 13-year-old, who allegedly took them from an elderly neighbor. The boy actually stole three guns, police said, and handed one of the guns off to a teen-age friend.

The second teen-ager was issued an appearance ticket with the Orleans County Probation Department. The case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and could stay in Family Court.

The elderly man hasn’t been charged with any crimes. Nenni said the man was a victim in the case.

Kelley S. Glena, mother of the boy who took the guns, was often in the elderly man’s house with her children. She helped the man with basic household chores, Nenni said.

Her son was looking through the man’s possessions and discovered the guns.

“The man didn’t have the guns out in the open,” Nenni said. “The kid had to go looking for them. He didn’t just give them to him.”

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch will decide if the guns are returned to the man and if his pistol permit will be revoked.

The 13-year-old’s parents – John H. Glena, 46, and Kelley S. Glena, 43 – have both been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The two weren’t arrested because of the firearms incident but because of the condition of the deplorable dwelling where their children lived, Nenni said.

The police chief urged gun owners to keep their weapons in a secure spot.

“If you have weapons, make sure they’re safe and accounted for,” he said.