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Teen sentenced to probation for West Ottawa lockdown

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • May 13, 2019 at 8:01 PM

Former West Ottawa High School student Davian Weston was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for bringing a gun to school last September.

Weston, 17, brought an inoperable pistol to school in his backpack. When he showed the gun to a friend in the bathroom, a student told school staff, which prompted a lockdown at the school.

Weston was arrested quickly and without incident by school resource officers.

The teen was originally released on bond after spending a night in jail, but he was rearrested after posting a threatening rap song on social media, calling out the student who told on him.

Weston pleaded guilty to two felonies and a misdemeanor relating to the gun incident. He has already been sentenced to and served 93 days in jail for stealing pepper spray from a Meijer store the day before bringing the gun to school.

Attorney John Moritz attempted to get his client sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would have allowed the felonies to be removed from Weston’s record after successfully completing probation. However, Judge Karen Miedema denied the request, calling Weston’s actions “serious.”

“Having guns in the hands of teenagers at school is not something that should occur,” the judge said. “You broke into a business and stole a 12-gauge shotgun and traded that shotgun for a handgun one of your friends had so you could take the handgun to school in your backpack.”

In her decision to deny the request, Miedema said the rap video was “significant.”

“The court is concerned about your lack of remorse,” she told Weston. “The court is concerned about your choices and the safety of the public. Guns cannot be tolerated at school.”

Miedema sentenced Weston to 239 days in jail for being in possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, with credit for 239 days already served. He was also sentenced to 93 days in jail, with credit for 93 days served, for the misdemeanor charge of being in possession of a weapon in a weapon-free school zone.

Weston’s mother, Stacy Puente, said she was excited to bring her son home Monday night after his nearly eight months in jail.

“I’m just so glad he’s coming home,” she said outside the Grand Haven courtroom. “This is the longest I’ve been away from him since birth. He’s a good young man and he does feel horrible about what happened. It was a really stupid decision and he paid for it.”

Weston apologized in the courtroom, saying he takes full responsibility for bringing the gun to school. Part of his probation requirements will be the completion of a GED or other adult education. According to Puente, West Ottawa Public Schools is not willing to take Weston back as a student.

“He was a young kid who made a very serious mistake,” Moritz said of Weston. “He wanted to have the attention of his peers. He certainly got the attention, but not the kind he wanted to receive.”

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