Pennsylvania Lawyer Sentenced in Hunting Accident
David Manilla, a convicted felon wasn't even supposed to have a firearm, yet with a high powered rifle he shot a fellow deer hunter on the first day of Pennsylvania's deer season last year. Manilla was hunting with a group of friends on November 29th on his wooded Richland property. Barry Groh had also been hunting, and was cleaning a deer he had shot along a stream. Manilla was 88 yards away and fired a high powered rifle, which is illegal to use for deer hunting in Bucks County. The group found Groh face up in a creek, and from there Manilla and his uncle, former Montgomery County district attorney Michael Marino chose not to call 911 immediately. Manilla stuffed mud into his rifle to try to cover up the crime. Manilla faces up to 25 years in prison for the charges against him. Manilla pleaded no contest on May 24 to involuntary manslaughter, and guilty to numerous firearms offenses, most notably a felon in possession of a gun. From PhillyBurbs.com.
Manilla was sentenced to 10-25 years in jail for the crime. Bucks County Judge Arthur J. Cepparulo told Manilla he took care of himself instead of the victim. Manilla let paramedics believe that Groh had a heart attack, he got rid of firearms at his hunting property. Manilla might face a federal investigation, since he was an avid gun collector, but as a felon was not allowed to own any.
"Seeing him go away in handcuffs was the most important thing," said widow Theresa Groh,52, of Quakertown. "The judge ... saw through everything." Theresa had been called by Groh after he shot the deer, Groh had wanted their oldest son to come help him with the deer, and he reminded Theresa to have the son put on hunter's orange for safety. A taxidermist created a mount of the buck for the family, and they keep it in their living room. Theresa said it is very beautifully done. From The News Journal.