Some might have sympathy for David Manilla, but he’ll get no sympathy here.
Manilla, 49, of Montgomery County, Pa., pleaded guilty to two felony counts of illegal firearms possession and no contest to a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter. All the charges stemmed from a hunting incident last fall.
Manilla is a former felon who later became a lawyer. As a convicted felon, he wasn’t permitted to own firearms, but he did. He was hunting illegally when he shot and killed hunter Barry Groh as Groh stood over a dead deer in Bucks County, Pa. Manilla said he mistook Groh for a deer.
Not only was it illegal for Manilla to own the rifle he used, it was also illegal to deer hunt with rifles in that county.
Manilla faces 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison for the charges against him. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get the same slap-on-the-wrist sentence he got earlier in life for breaking a man’s skull with a weight-lifting bar.
The full story is here, in the Philadelphia Inquirer.