GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) – A Kansas man visiting friends in suburban Denver has been sentenced to prison after his friends’ 5-year-old son was killed by another child playing with the man’s handgun.
Adam Laham of Wichita, was sentenced Thursday in Colorado to 16 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in November to negligent child abuse causing the death of 5-year-old Rolyn Javier.
Prosecutors say Laham was staying at the home of friends with three young children while visiting Colorado in 2011. They say he had left his Kel-Tech semi-automatic handgun out while he was in another room, and Rolyn’s sibling picked it up and accidentally shot the boy.
Prosecutors say that while Laham was awaiting sentencing in Colorado, he was arrested three more times on drug and gun charges in Kansas and Arkansas.