Law gave gun back to man who killed Pa. trooper

Michael Smith used that rifle to kill Trooper Paul Richey


By Jill King Greenwood
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

PITTSBURGH — When a Venango County judge returned a rifle to a man who completed probation on a stalking charge more than a decade ago, state law contained no restrictions to prevent it.

Pennsylvania State Police officials last week said they intended to investigate why then-President Judge H. William White ordered a .30-.30 rifle returned to Michael Smith in November 2000.

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