Fumbling with loaded gun earns man prison sentence
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.