Teen in BB gun shooting speaks out while on house arrest
13-year-old says he regrets shooting his Airsoft gun
PALM BAY, Fla. – He spent over a week behind bars, and now, he's on house arrest, wearing a GPS tracking device.
The Palm Bay teenager who is accused of shooting his Airsoft gun at girls in the neighborhood, tells Local 6 he learned his lesson, but feels his punishment doesn't fit the crime.
"It feels like I'm trapped," said Natheniel Jerry, 13.
Jerry has been charging his ankle bracelet at school.
He said he regrets shooting two girls in the neighborhood with his Airsoft gun, a replica firearm that shoots plastic pellets.
"It's a toy, I didn't know that I was going to get in this much trouble for a toy," he said.
According to the police report, Natheniel loaded his Airsoft gun with pellets, and shot one girl in the leg and the other in the stomach.
He's been charged with two felonies- aggravated assault and battery with a firearm.
Local 6 legal analyst Luis Calderon says Natheniel was "over-charged" because an Airsoft gun is not a firearm.
"We don't think that it's excessive if it was truly a firearm, but the fact that it was an Airsoft gun, I think that's where we get into questioning does the punishment fit the crime," he said.
Natheniel's mom has since thrown out the Airsoft gun, but feels the nine days her son spent locked up is enough of a punishment.
"It was a toy and I should have never had it in the first place or been playing with it knowing it shoots," he said.
Natheniel will be back in court next week, where he hopes a judge will take him off house arrest.
Local 6 did speak to the grandmother of one of the girls who was shot with his Airsoft gun, Sandra Brown.
Brown didn't want to go on camera, but says the reason she decided to press charges, as opposed to just talk to Natheniel's mom, is because she wants to make sure the teen doesn't do anything bolder in the future.
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