Mother fears suspects charged in daughter's death could walk free

Mother worries suspects in her daughter's death may never serve time

A Clayton County mother whose 12-year-old daughter was killed in an accidental shooting two weeks ago is concerned law enforcement officials still haven't found the gun.

Channel 2 Action News has learned the teen boys charged in her death could get out next month.

"Why on Eearth would you let them out if they could go back to the gun?" Nyeisha Brown asked.

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Sakhya Bentley’s vibrant life suddenly ended when two boys, ages 13 and 14 years, came over to her Riverdale house and played with a gun inside. The moment it fired changed Bentley’s mother’s life forever.

"It left a very big hole in my heart. It's something that is going to be very hard to move on," Brown said.


District Attorney Tracey Graham Lawson told Channel 2's Rikki Klaus investigators will double down on finding the gun in the woods. The children admitted on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Brown understands it was an accident, but wants the children to face consequences.

“What are you doing playing with the gun, period?” she asked.

Brown shared an Instagram video of one of the boys waving a gun.

“He plays and does this all the time, and this is what I mean about taking accountability. All of that is being ignored, because he’s never been caught,” she said.

Lawson said the boys are members of the gang, Gangster Disciples, but evidence shows the gang had nothing to do with the shooting.

In the next 30 days, the district attorney said the probation office will investigate and make a recommendation of next steps for the boys. She said they will probably be released, but could be held up to two years.