TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Man faces reduced charges in apparent accidental shooting of costumed child

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
 

A Beaver County judge dismissed the most serious charge against a man who shot a costumed child, whom police said he mistook for a skunk.

Common Pleas Judge John Dohanich ruled this week that prosecutors can't proceed with a charge of aggravated assault against Thomas Grant, according to Grant's lawyer, Steven Valsamidis.

“That charge would have required a showing of malice. Mr. Grant now faces two misdemeanor charges — simple assault and reckless endangerment,” Valsamidis said.

Dohanich ruled on Monday.

Grant, 24, of Jackson Center, Mercer County, is accused of shooting an 8-year-old girl whom he apparently mistook for a skunk during a weekend Halloween bonfire at the New Sewickley home of his mother on Oct. 20.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Prime time not kind to Heinz Field
  2. Woman’s body found in Adams home
  3. State trooper struck by SUV in Westmoreland faces more surgery, long recovery
  4. Starkey: Hockey hypocrites, unite
  5. Police obtain warrant against North Side 17-year-old in Penn Hills shooting
  6. Analyst outlines Klein’s supplements, prescriptions
  7. Pittsburgh asks judge to let abortion buffer zone remain during legal challenge
  8. Steelers offense puts up gaudy numbers in season’s 1st half
  9. Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride
  10. 2 Fayette commissioners oust Ambrosini as board chairman
  11. Steelers notebook: Roethlisberger, offense must adjust with CB Smith out
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.