Sentence stands for man who aimed gun at another person, pulled trigger

A Corry man sent to state prison for pointing a gun in a man’s face and pulling the trigger had a request for reconsideration of his sentence denied on Friday.

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

He pled guilty to aggravated assault and theft in November and, in exchange, charges including criminal attempt (criminal homicide) were not prosecuted.

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.

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

Skerda said on Friday that the sentence was in the high end of the standard range and that the motion indicates she abused her discretion in sentencing him to a total of 52-104 months in state prison.

First Assistant District Attorney Cody Brown said that he feels the sentence was very appropriate.

Skerda said that she reviewed the initial sentence and did reduce the number of days credit for time served because the time was credited to a different docket in a different county.

In denying the motion, she said that the sentence was “clearly appropriate” given Barstow’s prior record and the actions taken in this case.

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