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Stun gun incident lands Pa. man with jail time

February 25, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who shot two people with a stun gun, hospitalizing one, will spend a minimum of three months in the county jail.

Jesse Robert Via, 20, shocked a 21-year-old male and a 16-year-old male on Dec. 15, 2001, at 3587 Molly Pitcher Highway South in Guilford Township, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The 21-year-old was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for pain in his hips and legs. The 16-year-old had two red marks on his hip, the affidavit said.

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Via tried to withdraw his guilty plea to the charge of simple assault Wednesday, but Judge John Walker refused, saying there was no cause for him to do so.

Public Defender Paul Rockwell said Via had been horsing around with a friend with the stun gun and did not believe it would cause injuries.

"There is a big difference between being the zapper and being the zapee," Walker said. "You don't play around with stun guns."

Walker sentenced Via to serve three to 23 months in Franklin County Prison and gave him six days credit for time served.

"It was a childish thing, and a guy ended up in the hospital," Walker said.

Walker also sentenced Via, of 922 Byers Ave., to 36 months probation on an unrelated theft charged.

That sentence will begin after Via has served his time on the simple assault charge.

In July 2001, Via stole five two-way radios from buses at Young's Bus Lines, 3279 Portico Road, Hamilton Township, and sold them for $10 each, the affidavit said.

Via was not charged until the following October, when two accomplices told Pennsylvania State Police about the incident.

Walker ordered Via to pay about $2,500 restitution to the business.

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