Pa. Man Appealing Weapons Term in Dog Shooting
BELLEFONTE,(AP) — A central Pennsylvania man serving five to 10 years in prison for
illegally possessing a weapon while shooting his dog is appealing, claiming his
criminal record shouldn't have barred him from owning a gun.
attorney Joseph Amendola said that client Barry Grove's 1978 conviction was for
criminal trespass, not burglary as Centre County prosecutors contend. A
burglary conviction carries a firearms ban, but a conviction for criminal
trespass didn't carry that penalty until years after Grove, a 58-year-old
Karthaus man, was convicted.
says no one told Grove he was breaking the law — including probation officers
who saw weapons in his home over the years — until after he shot the dog last
Attorney Stacy Parks Miller says Grove's claims can't be proven.