Father admits to improper storage of loaded firearm: Drug counselor speaks on drug-fueled shooting

Kevin Brennick placed on probation

POWAY - 10News is talking with a drug counselor who spoke about a Poway teen's behavior the night of his shooting death.

Kevin Brennick entered a guilty plea this week and admitted guilt to a misdemeanor charge of improper storage of a loaded firearm.

“Are you entering your plea freely and voluntarily because you believe it’s in your best interest?” said San Diego Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring Wednesday..

“Yes,” saidBrennick standing with his attorney.

17-year-old Luke Lipscomb was the lacrosse player who had been partying with Brennick's son and another friend back in November 2011. 

According to court documents, Lipscomb was acting out of control after the all smoked marijuana laced with synthetic drugs.

When friends went to call 911, a single gunshot was heard.  Brennick's rifle was found at Lipscomb's side.

 “Marijuana today can be 20 times as strong as even 15 years ago,” said Nancy Knott, a counselor at Scripps Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center.

Knott specializes in teen drug use.   She says oftentimes teens knowingly buy drugs that are laced.

“Parents need to look at the fact that all these kids are at risk. Marijuana being laced with something is not unusual,” she told 10News.

It was at a Poway City Council meeting last October when Lipscomb's parents called for justice after nearly a year with no charges being brought.

“What's so different about our son? That he doesn’t deserve proper investigation and enforcement of the laws?" they said.

Wednesday, 10News was in the courtroom as 50-year-old Brennick was placed on a three year probation.  The Lipscomp's did not want to attend nor address Brennick with a victim impact statement at Wednesday's hearing.

But the prosecutor said the Lipscombs were in agreement with the plea deal.

“Mr. Brennick has been cooperative throughout the process which has been extremely cooperative with law enforcement throughout the investigation,” said Deputy District Attorney Robert Eacret.

Brennick also has to complete 40 hours of community service and attend parenting and firearms safety classes.

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