Father signs plea in gun, drug case

Published June 19, 2007

TAMPA - A father whose toddler son fatally shot himself is facing a potential life sentence after pleading guilty to gun and drug charges.

Timothy Jerome Addison, 38, was indicted in January on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during a drug crime.

None of the charges is directly related to the death of Addison's son, 2-year-old Timberlan Addison, but police discovered guns and drugs when they searched Addison's apartment at 9408 N 15th St. after the shooting.

Addison signed the agreement earlier this month. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson will decide Friday whether to accept his plea.

According to court documents, Tampa police were called to Addison's neighbor's house the morning of Nov. 26. They found Timberlan unconscious and bleeding from a chest wound. He died shortly after arriving at Tampa General Hospital.

Timberlan found the 9mm semiautomatic handgun slipped between sofa cushions at his father's North Tampa home. He fired the gun into his chest one time, court records showed.

Addison rushed his son to the neighbor's house and called 911. He told police he forgot the gun was in the couch.

Police detected a strong odor of marijuana in Addison's house and conducted a search. They found 5 pounds of marijuana, the 9mm gun, a Glock semiautomatic pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, including ammunition for an assault rifle.

Addison has been arrested multiple times by state law enforcement since 1987, records show. He spent time in prison after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine.

Other arrests on his record include charges of carrying a concealed firearm, aggravated battery and domestic violence, and a 20-year-old charge of child abuse that was later dismissed.

Carrie Weimar can be reached at 813 226-3416 or cweimar@sptimes.com.