Father of Slain Child Calls For Tougher Gun Laws

By Peter Ambrose

Jacob Michuda was fatally shot Friday night July 22nd, 2011 while fishing with his father.

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM EDT

WELLS CO., Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Matthew Michuda is speaking out following the sentencing of the man who admitted to shooting and killing his son.

47 year old Bruce Pond received a 40 year prison sentence yesterday after he pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge. He admitted he fired a rifle at a light and that bullet struck 4 year old Jacob Michuda in the head and killed him as the boy stood on a pier with his father in Ossian last July.

Hours after the sentencing, Matthew Michuda emailed a statement late last night. First, he says "On behalf of myself and family, we are extremely thankful for the hard work and tremendous job of the police and sheriffs departments, specifically Detective Lieutenant Diane Betz, Prosecuting Attorney Michael Lautzenheiser and staff, the A.T.F. agents and Judge Kiracofe."

Michuda goes on to say, "There was no winner in this case. Nothing will ever heal the scars that we have in our hearts from our loss due to this senseless act."

Then he urges for new gun laws. "I hope the state of Indiana will begin to recognize such acts as these as a precursor for further state gun laws to enable only responsible citizens to have ownership of firearms. With a gun comes a responsibility. Firearms and alcohol are a tragedy waiting to happen."

Bruce Pond was on probation at the time of the shooting and was not allowed to own a gun.

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