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Jury recommends 8 years in prison in shooting death

This article originally appeared in The News Virginian on December 20, 2018.

A jury on Tuesday recommended eight years in prison for the Augusta County man it convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Steven W. Glenn Sr., 34, was charged with murder in July of the shooting death of his 13-year-old son in April at the family’s home on Spring Hill Road, just outside Staunton.

The jury made its decision between midnight and 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, ending the two-day trial which began Monday.

Although originally charged with murder, the jury found Glenn guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday before making its recommendation on sentencing.

“They were in the bedroom and the son wound up with a bullet wound to the head,” said Tim Martin, Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney. “As soon as it happened, the dad jumped on the son and tried to stop the bleeding, put his finger over the bullet hole.”

The defense made the case that Glenn set his handgun down and it accidentally went off, which the prosecution did not find believable.

“We believed it to be intentional,” Martin said. “However, they were the only two in the room, and that’s what the dad said happened.”

The prosecution based their argument on the fact the gun was functioning properly, among other items.

“I put on the medical examiner who talked about where the gunshot wound was,” Martin said.

Martin said that he was unable to determine a motivation for the crime, only that Glenn was the one responsible for it. Even without a known motive, the jury was able to arrive at a recommended sentence of eight years in prison.

“They sentenced him near the high end of the range on manslaughter,” Martin said. “That’s an indication that they recognize the egregiousness of Mr. Glenn’s behavior and his culpability to kill his son.”

The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for March.

Glenn is currently held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

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