Former Eastwood HS student given probation after bringing gun to school in 2015

Nathan Richardson was found guilty of bringing a .32-caliber gun inside a classroom in April 2015. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

A former Eastwood High School student found guilty of bringing a gun to school in 2015 was given probation.

Nathan Richardson, 20, was found guilty of a third-degree felony for bringing a .32-caliber handgun inside Eastwood High School in April 2015.

On Thursday, Richardson was sentenced to six years of probation.

Richardson’s mother and his former teacher testified that Richardson has Asperger's syndrome. According to their testimony, it worsened when he was 13 and his father died.

The gun belonged to his father and the defense argued that it was an antique that he was keeping to remember his father by.

Several witnesses testified that Richardson never threatened anyone at any point, and that the school was never put on lockdown.

The defense said, “The state says this is a Columbine-style attack that got stopped. But what really happened is a kid found a gun, made a bad choice and brought it to school."

The state countered by setting the gun on the jury box and saying, “Did it read: You must find there was a threat? No. This is a whole other charge. Did this man walk into Eastwood High School with a gun in his backpack? Yes."

Richardson faced a sentence of either two to 10 years in prison or probation.

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