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Pa. man sentenced in shooting

August 27, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man convicted last month of shooting a man in the head was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six to 20 years in state prison.

"But for a stroke of luck, we would be here on a homicide," Franklin County Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said during the sentencing of Anthony L. Jackson, 29.

A jury on July 15 acquitted Jackson of a charge of attempted murder in the July 18, 1997, shooting of Joseph Brumfield, but convicted him of aggravated assault.

Brumfield, 25, suffered a minor head wound in the shooting outside Laurel Lodge, 81 W. South St. He did not show up for the sentencing.

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Jackson's attorney, James Reed, told Judge Richard J. Walsh the evidence did not establish that Brumfield had actually been shot. He also said Brumfield had to be subpoenaed to testify at the trial.

At the trial Brumfield said he didn't think Jackson was trying to kill him, although one witness said the gun was just inches from his head. Jackson told Walsh that Brumfield had told his family that he did not want to press charges.

"A shooting on the streets of Chambersburg is not the kind of case where we can allow the victim to come in and drop charges," Williams said.

"Simply because a victim backs off ... doesn't mean the Commonwealth doesn't have the right to proceed," Walsh said as he sentenced Jackson.

Jackson's sentence will begin at the end of another he is serving for delivery of a controlled substance, according to court records.

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