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 — 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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