Corry man sentenced to state prison for aggravated assault

A Corry man will spend over four years in state prison after putting a gun to a neighbor’s face and pulling the trigger.

Aron A. Barstow, 40, was sentenced by President Judge Maureen Skerda on Friday.

He pled guilty to aggravated assault and theft last month and, in exchange, charges including criminal attempt (criminal homicide)

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 asked for an aggravated range sentence because of Barstow’s conduct showing a lack of a care for life.

“He knew what he did was wrong,” Assistant Public Defender Nicholis Milardo, Barstow’s attorney, said.

“I would just like to apologize for my actions,” Barstow said. “That’s all. It was a bad day… a lot of stuff I disagree with and took it the wrong way.”

Skerda pointed out that Barstow’s conduct shoes “really no adjustment” in the county jail, citing misconducts that included contraband and assault and fighting.

“I can see you’ve not adjusted to life at the Warren County Prison,” Skerda said.

She called the Commonwealth’s plea offer “very generous” and “extremely generous to you.”

On the aggravated assault charge, Barstow was sentenced to 27-54 months in state prison, $35 in restitution, $2,550 in fines and fees, a no contact order with the victims, submission of a DNA sample and credit for 251 days time served.

He was sentenced to a consecutive 25-50 months on a count of theft by unlawful taking.

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