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Shooter of Little Girl in Skunk Costume Gets a Slap on the Wrist

Posted on the 14 February 2013 by Mikeb302000
Local news reports
A Beaver County judge dismissed the most serious charge against a man who shot a costumed child, whom police said he mistook for a skunk. 

Common Pleas Judge John Dohanich ruled this week that prosecutors can't proceed with a charge of aggravated assault against Thomas Grant, according to Grant's lawyer, Steven Valsamidis. 

“That charge would have required a showing of malice. Mr. Grant now faces two misdemeanor charges — simple assault and reckless endangerment,” Valsamidis said. 

Dohanich ruled on Monday. 

Grant, 24, of Jackson Center, Mercer County, is accused of shooting an 8-year-old girl whom he apparently mistook for a skunk during a weekend Halloween bonfire at the New Sewickley home of his mother on Oct. 20.
Did I call it or what? "What do you predict, guilty to a lesser charge and keep the guns? That's my bet."
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