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Fayetteville man, 73, gets probation in road-rage shooting

November 29, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man who last month pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for a road-rage incident in which he shot a vehicle driven by his nephew was sentenced to five years on probation Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

The sentence for 73-year-old Max Eugene Goshorn includes six months of intense supervision and a $300 fine. Judge Carol Van Horn also ordered him to pay $385 in restitution to Clarence E. Goshorn of Chambersburg for damage to his vehicle.

"I obviously think it was the right decision," said Max Goshorn's attorney, Eric J. Weisbrod. "He is clinically diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Goshorn, of 2124 Hafer Road, is a decorated Army veteran whose medals include the Bronze Star, two Air Medals and two Purple Hearts, Weisbrod said. The March 8 shooting was an isolated incident and "probably a result of his distinguished service to our country" during wartime, he said.

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Goshorn was driving on Timmons Road in Fannett Township that afternoon when another vehicle passed him, Pennsylvania State Police said.

"When he did, it made me mad and I shot at his vehicle," Goshorn said when he entered his plea agreement Oct. 29. Goshorn said he also attempted to pull over as he was firing the .45-caliber handgun and wrecked his vehicle.

Goshorn was unaware that his nephew was driving the vehicle at which he fired, Weisbrod said last month. Police found two bullet holes in Clarence Goshorn's vehicle, the affidavit of probable cause stated.

Weisbrod said his client could have been sentenced to prison on the charge.

"I think the facts presented in court justified a sentence in the mitigated range," he said.

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