If convicted of negligent storage of firearms, a violation, Parsons faces a fine of up to $1,000, but no jail time.
Rockingham County Attorney James Reams has said his office decided to charge Parsons because of the shooting’s severity and to send a message to gun owners they need to take precautions.
He said the Glock 22 .40-caliber handgun was left on top of a closet safe, where Parsons regularly stores the weapon.
Jacob, a Timberlane Regional High School freshman who wrestled and played football, is the son of Parsons’ girlfriend, Debbie Carver. The boy’s father, Geoffrey Carver, has declined to comment other than to say Parsons is “very irresponsible.”
Danville Selectmen’s Chairman Shawn O’Neil has said his board continues to back Parsons.