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Delon's son found guilty in Geneva shooting

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Delon's son found guilty in Geneva shooting
Alain-Fabien Delon at the Cannes film festival earlier this year. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
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French veteran actor Alain Delon's son was on Wednesday slapped with a five-month suspended sentence after the accidental shooting of a teenage girl during a party at the actor's Geneva apartment in 2011, Swiss media reported.

Geneva's juvenile court, which heard the case Wednesday behind closed doors, found 19-year-old Alain-Fabien Delon guilty of negligently causing serious bodily harm, but acquitted him of endangering life, the Tribune de Genève and 20Minutes newspapers reported on their websites.
   
The young man's lawyer, Alec Reymond, hailed the ruling as "balanced", noting that the court had deemed the June 30th 2011 shooting an accident.
   
The court itself would not comment on the case, as those involved were all minors at the time.
   
On the evening of the accident, the then 17-year-old Delon was hosting a party at the apartment, in the Geneva neighbourhood of Champel, of his father, who was absent at the time.
   
He and another boy had fought over a gun, when a shot suddenly went off, seriously injuring a 16-year-old girl in the stomach.
   
Upon leaving the courthouse Wednesday, Reymond said his client felt "relief" at the verdict.
   
The young Delon, who was accompanied by his mother, former Dutch model Rosalie van Breemen, at Wednesday's hearing, urgently needed "to turn this page that is haunting him", the lawyer was quoted as saying by the Tribune de Genève.
   
He said it was important to wrap up the case, "which is weighing heavily on the hearts of all of these young people".
   
Alain Delon, 78, who became a Swiss citizen in 1999, has a 22-year-old daughter named Anouschka with van Breemen.
   
He also has a 49-year-old son, Anthony, with his first wife Nathalie Barthelemy.

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