Man who shot intruder faces gun charges

May 06, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man who shot and killed one of three intruders inside a Franklin County mobile home last month has been charged with weapon and drug violations, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Daniel Alan Frazier 18, was charged Monday with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and altering or obliterating marks of identification on a Beretta .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, according to police. Frazier was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter and released on his own recognizance.

The weapons charge is a felony and a conviction could carry a maximum of seven years in prison.

Franklin County District Attorney Jack Nelson was expected to announce at a press conference today whether Frazier should be held criminally responsible for the April 23 shooting death of Ernesto "Ernie" Casanova Jr, 18.


Frazier could not be reached for comment.

State police found the gun inside the 4496 Sycamore Grove Road mobile home after the 3:15 a.m. break-in two weeks ago that culminated in Casanova's death, police said.

Frazier told police the pistol belonged to him, according to charging documents. The serial number had been removed from the pistol's frame, court records said.

Police also found a ceramic marijuana pipe and a small amount of marijuana inside Frazier's bedroom, according to allegations in court documents.

Six people, ages 16 to 20, have been charged with burglary, attempted robbery, attempted theft, and criminal conspiracy in connection with the break-in.

Tytus Lee Taylor, 20, of 8719 Rowe Run Road, Chambersburg, was the first of the six to have a preliminary hearing.

On Monday, Carter ordered the case to proceed to Franklin County Court. Taylor is in Franklin County Prison awaiting his June 18 arraignment.

The others charged are:

  • Marcus Larock Taylor, 18, of Chambersburg
  • George Washington Jones, 18, of Chambersburg
  • Anthony Franklin D'Ambrosio, 16, of Chambersburg
  • Amanda Eileen Colon, 18, of Waynesboro, Pa.
  • Michael Paul Jett, 18, of Chambersburg

Casanova, Jones, and D'Ambrosio, 16, entered the mobile home, charging documents said. D'Ambrosio allegedly carried a 20-gauge shotgun into the mobile home, according to court documents.

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