A pensioner who never apologised to his family for accidentally shooting dead his six-year-old great-grandson has been freed after just 18 months in jail.
Albert Grannon, 79, took young Stanley inside during a family gathering in Sproatley, East Yorkshire, in July 2018 to show him an unlicensed air rifle he had bought to shoot rodents.
In his trial last year, a court heard Grannon shot the boy in the abdomen from a few feet away with a rifle that needed a firearms certificate as it fell into the ‘specially dangerous’ category.
He initially claimed the pellet had ricocheted off the kitchen floor until forensic experts discredited his story, eventually admitting to manslaughter and receiving a three-year jail sentence in 2019.
The family have expressed their shock at learning Grannon was due to be released this week, halfway through his sentence, as revealed by the Hull Daily Mail.
A relative, who did not wish to be identified, said: ‘It was something that should never have happened.’
‘There were multiple actions on that day, from him loading that gun to squeezing the trigger, where if they hadn’t happened the chances are Stanley would still be here.’
The family had gathered to commemorate the 2003 death of Grannon’s son, Andrew, a firefighter.
The 79-year-old’s rifle had been modified with a more powerful spring and had the safety catch off at the time of the incident.
Stanley’s mother, Jenny Dees, went inside after hearing a bang but thought her son was playing dead.
It was only when her mother Kathryn started carrying Stanley into the garden that Jenny spotted a wound in his midriff ‘the size of a 5p piece’. He died of blood loss two hours later at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Grannon will serve the rest of his sentence on licence, and can be sent back to prison if he commits another offence or breaches the terms of his licence.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said: ‘Offenders released on licence are closely monitored and can be returned to prison if they breach strict conditions such as curfews and exclusion zones.’
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