Riverdale man given 20 years in accidental shooting death

JONESBORO — A Riverdale man was sentenced to 20 years in the accidental shooting of his young cousin in September 2011.

Benny Ezekeil Kimbrough Jr., 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of second-degree child cruelty. He has been in the Clayton County Jail since his arrest for the Sept. 3, 2011, shooting of his cousin, Anthony Clark, 6.

Police said Kimbrough had control over the gun when it went off accidentally and that he was playing with the weapon. He was charged with child cruelty because the shooting happened in front of two other boys.

Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Lalaine Briones said Kimbrough faced up to 30 years in prison for conviction on all three charges.

However, Briones said Clark’s family agreed to a lesser sentence.

“With the mom’s approval, the defendant pleaded guilty to 20 years, to serve five in prison,” said Briones.

Kimbrough is to have no unsupervised contact or supervision of any child under 16, she said. He is also prohibited from possessing or touching any firearm, must complete his GED diploma and pay attorney and probation fees. He was given credit for time served since his arrest.