Phoenix Woman Sentenced To Ten Years In Son's Shooting Death

Oct 4, 2019

A Phoenix woman who says her 2-year-old son fatally shot her 9-year-old son with a handgun that she left on a bed has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the 2017 killing.

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff shows Wendy Lavarnia. Lavarnia, who says her 2-year-old son fatally shot her 9-year-old son with a handgun that she left on a bed faces sentencing for her role in the 2017 killing. She will face 10 to 16 years in prison Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of her son, Landen.
Credit (Maricopa County Sheriff via AP, File)

The sentence announced Thursday to Wendy Lavarnia in the death of her son, Landen, marked the most lenient punishment available under the terms of her guilty pleas to manslaughter and attempted child abuse.

She has acknowledged she caused his death by recklessly leaving the gun out where the toddler could grab it while the children played a video game.

Still, authorities who had expressed skepticism about Lavarnia’s account of the shooting and say they were unable to definitively determine who fired the gun.