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BY TIM HAHN, firstname.lastname@example.org [more details]
Published: November 01. 2008 12:01AM
MEADVILLE — A Townville-area man will serve at least five years in prison for intentionally shooting his father in the legs during a domestic dispute in the spring.
Daniel N. Maine, 44, was sentenced Friday to five to 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty in early October to a first-degree felony count of aggravated assault in the May 10 shooting of his father, 69-year-old Gary Maine. The shooting happened at their residence on Dingman Road in Troy Township.
State police initially charged Maine with four felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person in the incident. The other charges were dismissed by the Crawford County District Attorney’s office under an agreement that led to Maine’s guilty plea.
Crawford County Public Defender Robert Trambley, who represented Maine in the case, told President Judge Gordon Miller on Friday morning that the shooting occurred “in a fit of rage” that stemmed from Maine’s feelings toward his father.
Trambley indicated that the rage was fueled by Maine’s decision to stop taking a prescribed anti-depression drug. The weaning process led to feelings of agitation, Trambley said.
Maine told Miller that coming off the antidepressant put him in situations where “I was extremely angry.”
“This kind of rage, I never experienced in my life,” said Maine, adding that he loves his father.
“I just want to let you know that I’m sorry that this happened to him,” he added.
District Attorney Francis Schultz said Maine shot his father in the leg with a .45-caliber pistol, then shot his father in the other leg because Maine didn’t think that his father had suffered enough.
Maine then ran off into the woods, leading to a massive manhunt that ended when Maine turned himself in the next day, Schultz said in recommending that Maine receive a lengthy sentence.
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