A Connecticut judge is giving a father a special form of probation after the man accidentally shot his 11-year-old son in the face while putting away his handgun.
The Connecticut Post reports Superior Court Judge Earl Richards says he was gratified the boy did not suffer permanent injuries and was convinced his father, 44-year-old Vincent Pizzolato, wouldn't commit crimes in the future.
Richards granted Pizzolato accelerated rehabilitation. He was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He has been placed on two years' probation and the charges against him will be dismissed if he commits no crimes in that time.
The judge also ordered Pizzolato to do 100 hours of community service.
The bullet shattered the boy's jaw, knocking out many of his teeth.