The Hampden County Superior Court jury found former Pelham Police Chief Edward B. Fleury not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Christopher Bizilj and also cleared him of three counts of furnishing a machine gun to minors, The Associated Press reported.
After watching his brother shoot, Christopher was handed a Micro Uzi submachine gun. When he pulled the trigger, the gun recoiled and turned upward, sending a bullet into the boy's head. The shooting was caught on videotape by Christopher's father.
The boy was later pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center.
Fleury was charged in the case because his company, C.O.P. Firearm and Training, had organized the gun show.
Prosecutors argued that Fleury was criminally reckless because he allowed children to shoot machine guns under the supervision of a 15-year-old, who did not have a machine gun license and was not a certified instructor. The defense maintained the shooting was accidental and noted Christopher's father had signed a liability waiver, according to the AP.
When the verdict was read, Fleury, who had been facing a total of 50 years behind bars, cried and hugged his attorney and his family. Christopher's relatives left the courtroom without commenting, Boston's WCVB-TV reported.
Two others, Carl Giuffre and Domenico Spano, have also been charged in Christopher's shooting. The men are accused of supplying the Uzi that the boy shot. They have both pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.