Man charged in death of 3-year-old barred from owning a gun

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee County district attorney charged Devon Armour with second degree reckless homicide for the death of a 3-year-old boy over the weekend.

Armour is accused of leaving a gun on the kitchen table, within reach of the child.

The charging document said Armour shouldn't have had a gun at all.

He served prison time for two robbery convictions from nearly a decade ago.

Those convictions prevent Armour from legally owning a firearm.

He was also not supposed to have a gun because he was on bond for an armed robbery case from March.

"On the streets you can find anything, that's just what it is," said Activist Tracey Dent.

He's not surprised Devon Armour has a prior criminal record. For some, that's the only life they know.

"When people get out, they're back in the same environment which is the reason they got caught up and put in prison in the first place," said Dent.

Armour just signed a bond a week ago for an armed robbery case in Waukesha County. He was not supposed to have any guns as part of that bond.

He served time in prison for two other robbery cases from 2012 and 2013. As a felon, he's barred from purchasing any firearms.

The Milwaukee County district attorney charged Armour with possessing a firearm as a felon, in addition to second degree reckless homicide and two counts of bail jumping.

"If we can change the conditions of their environment, or change their mindset, then we can start making a difference," said Dent.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections reports 31-percent of its prisoners reoffend three years after being released. Armour's been out on extended supervision since 2019.

If convicted of the second degree reckless homicide charge, Armour faces up to 25 years in prison.

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