- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man charged in the accidental discharge of a gun during a crowded Easter vigil Mass has been placed on probation for two years.

The (Altoona) Mirror (https://bit.ly/1QAbeaB ) reports that 30-year-old Matthew Crawford of Altoona pleaded guilty Friday in Blair County Court to recklessly endangering another person. The sentence and plea to the second-degree misdemeanor were part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Crawford, who was grazed by the bullet, had a permit for the weapon and said the gun discharged accidentally in his pocket April 4 during Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Authorities said the weapon wasn’t in a holster and its four safeties weren’t on.

Defense attorney Steven Passarello said his client was remorseful and “happy that no one was injured.”


Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

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