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- Gun control and agriculture clash over homemade pistol
- Exceptional, bizarre
- A farmer is headed to prison for keeping a homemade pistol and a shotgun without permits.
Alton pled guilty to host of charges: Possession of prohibited guns without a permit, possession of 74 hollow-points, possession of an illegal knife — and almost lost in the legal fray — assault.
The presiding judge bought little of Boyd’s argument, but opted for a slightly lesser penalty: “… he was given a reduced sentence of 30 months after Judge Beverly Lunt said the case was ‘exceptional’ and the pistol ‘bizarre.’” Lunt even admitted that Alton had no criminal intention — and sentenced him all the same: “It’s a weapon, it’s a gun, it can fire at anybody and it could dispatch humans. But you weren’t holding it for criminals and you weren’t using it for criminal purposes. Five years would be manifestly excessive although there must be a custodial sentence.”
The weapons charges were a farce. Alton should have been dealt with by the legal system based on the assault charges stemming from the dispute with his wife — and nothing else.
For related, see Farmer guilty of defending family with shotgun
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