• 7-year-old faces 2 felony charges for shooting BB gun

    By: Trish Williford


    CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - He looks like a typical 7-year-old boy, but on Tuesday night, Sam Grant is facing charges that many adults never will.

    He is charged with two felonies for something that happened when his mother turned her back for just a second. His parents told Eyewitness News that they're outraged.

    "We are both just shocked. We have been in a state of shock over this," said Ray Robbins.

    Sam's parents said this scenario began in February when Sam was playing outside with his BB gun. They said he began shooting at an abandoned house right across the street, but instead, Sam shot two cars as they were passing by.

    Sam's mother, Cherry Robbins, immediately called the Catawba County Sheriff's Department.

    "The officer told me he did not want to charge my son, the lady told me she did not want him charged. The next thing I know, I am getting a letter from the DPS saying he has been charged with two felonies," said Cherry.

    Sam is charged with two felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. If convicted he faces one year probation and hundreds of hours of community service.

    Sam's parents believe the charges are all wrong.

    "They considered his BB gun a firearm. It is not a firearm. It is a BB gun," said Cherry.

    Instead of hanging out a playing with his friends this week for spring break, Sam is preparing for court. His parents said they hope the charges against their son will be dropped.

    Sam will celebrate his 8th birthday Thursday, but Friday, he heads to court and will be formally charged on those two felony counts.

    If convicted, it could remain on his record until 16.

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