A central Pennsylvania judge has declined to reduce the sentence of a man convicted of having killed his grandfather with a 12-gauge shotgun almost a decade ago.

The (Altoona) Mirror (http://bit.ly/1oSh0oz ) reports that a Blair County judge ruled Wednesday that 33-year-old Thomas Drass waited too long to seek review of the case.

Drass was sentenced to the maximum 20 to 40 years after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in the January 2005 death of Dwayne Chamberlain.

Drass argued that the sentence was too severe for a case that he called an accident. He said his attorney convinced him to plead guilty.

Police said the defendant’s grandparents didn’t want him to have a gun, but Drass bought one and went to show it to them, and it discharged.


Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com


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