Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Maine: Robber shot and killed: "Crowley told Denoncourt, who was watching television, that she had crashed her car nearby and needed to be towed back onto the road. “Denoncourt stated that he immediately was suspicious as he did not hear a crash.” After getting some rain gear and a tow hitch and placing the handgun in his belt, Denoncourt went outside and, after closing the door behind him, allegedly was sprayed in the face by Crowley with pepper spray, according to the affidavit. A man believed to be Richards then appeared and began striking Denoncourt in the head with some sort of metal object, the affidavit indicates. Denoncourt had difficulty seeing because of the pepper spray but managed to get to his Jeep in the driveway, where he pulled his gun out of his belt and fired three to four shots at a “silhouette moving toward him,” according to the document."

NJ: Christie commutes sentence of man jailed for owning guns: "Gov. Chris Christie has commuted the sentence of a man who was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found with guns he'd purchased legally in Colorado. Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Aitken's case had become a cause celebre among gun-rights advocates. Aitken had purchased the guns legally in Colorado, and he passed an FBI background check when he bought them, according to his father, Larry Aitken. Brian also contacted New Jersey State Police before moving back back to the Garden State to discuss how to properly transport his weapons. But despite those good-faith efforts, Larry Aitken said, Brian was convicted on weapons charges and sent to prison in August. Judge James Morley would not allow the argument in trial earlier this year and Christie later declined to reappoint the judge due to an unrelated case. According to an order for commutation of sentence released by Christie on Monday, Aitken was to be released from custody as soon as administratively possible."

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