Fum­bling with loaded gun earns man prison sen­tence

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state - By John Futty jfutty@dispatch.com @john­futty

A Madi­son Town­ship man was sen­tenced Thurs­day to five years in prison for fum­bling with a hand­gun that dis­charged in­side a Grove City mo­tor­cy­cle club and killed a man in a nearby park­ing lot.

Michael J. Kass­ner, 30, pleaded guilty to reck­less homi­cide with a gun spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the Dec. 20 in­ci­dent.

Franklin County Com­mon Pleas Judge Lau­rel Beatty Blunt im­posed the sen­tence, which was rec­om­mended by pros­e­cut­ing and de­fense at­tor­neys in a plea agree­ment.

The bul­let fired by Kass­ner went through the wall of the Lost Soulz club in the 3600 block of Gar­den Court and struck Bruce Stevens, 61, in the head as he sat be­hind the wheel of his car out­side the Power Shack Fam­ily Fit­ness gym in the 4000 block of Park­mead Drive.

Grove City po­lice were called to the area of the mo­tor­cy­cle club about 4 p.m. on a re­port of a shot fired. It wasn’t un­til an hour later that po­lice re­ceived an­other call re­port­ing that a man had been found shot in his car out­side the fit­ness cen­ter.

Of­fi­cers ob­served a bul­let hole in the wall of the mo­tor­cy­cle club, which they searched and re­cov­ered a gun, As­sis­tant Pros­e­cu­tor Joseph Gib­son said. Sur­veil­lance video in­side the club cap­tured im­ages of the gun dis­charg­ing as Kass­ner was han­dling it, he said.

Grove City po­lice de­scribed Stevens as a “com­pletely in­no­cent vic­tim.”

Kass­ner wept in court as he apol­o­gized to Stevens’ fam­ily and said his sen­tence wasn’t enough to com­pen­sate them for the lost life.


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