Corry man pleads to aggravated assault

A Corry man charged after allegedly pointing a gun at a man’s head and pulling the trigger has pled guilty to aggravated assault and theft.

Aron A. Barstow, 40, of Corry, faced charges including two counts of criminal attempt (criminal homicide), two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, harassment, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

In exchange for pleading guilty to aggravated assault and theft – for stealing a firearm – the remaining charges were withdrawn.

At about 6:40 p.m. Sunday, April 16, Pennsylvania State Police responded to a call of an assault involving a handgun at the East Main St., Columbus, residence of Larry Barker.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Barstow was at the residence when he allegedly pointed a .25-caliber handgun between Erie resident Duane Sopher’s eyes and pulled the trigger. “The gun did not fire,” according to police, “at which time Barstow then pointed the gun at Barker.”

Barker and Sopher then tackled Barstow and wrestled the gun away from him, police said.

First Assistant District Attorney Cody Brown said that the victims were consulted regarding the plea and that he did not intend to seek forfeiture of the weapon.

President Judge Maureen Skerda who accepted the plea advised Barstow that the charges – both second-degree felonies – carry maximum penalties of 10 years incarceration and $25,000 fines.

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