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    Sixteen Years Prison for Adam Laham - Negligent Child Abuse Causing Death

    Adam Dean Laham, DOB: 8-29-88, was in Jefferson County District Court today where he was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for negligent child abuse causing the death of 5-year old Rolyn Javier. Rolyn was accidentally shot to death by his young sibling who was playing with Laham’s gun.

    Adam Laham, who lived in Witchita, KS, was visiting friends in Lakewood in December, 2011. His friends had three small children, ages 3, 5 and 6. Laham was sleeping in the children’s room while he was staying with at his friends’ house at 1614 Iris Street.

    Laham left his Kel-Tech semi-automatic handgun on a box he was using as a nightstand when he got out of bed on the morning of December 23. He and several other adults were in the living room and the children went to play in their room. One of the children picked up the handgun and was playing with it when they accidentally shot and killed their 5-year-old brother.

    Police found numerous guns inside the apartment. They were all loaded, with a round in the chamber.

    “As adults we have to protect our children,” said District Attorney Peter Weir, “This irresponsible decision to leave a gun within the reach of a child has had terrible consequences for everyone involved. We are very pleased with this sentence.”
    Laham pled guilty to negligent child abuse causing death, (F3) on November 8, 2012. While he was on bond waiting to be sentenced in this case he was arrested three times on drug and gun charges in Kansas and Arkansas.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    March 7, 2013

    Last Updated: 6-7-2013
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