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Pa. Man Appealing Weapons Term in Dog Shooting

March 7, 2014
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.

Defense 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.

Amendola 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 year.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller says Grove's claims can't be proven.

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