Parolee draws state prison on weapons charge
NORRISTOWN» A Limerickman has been sent to state prison on a charge he illegally possessed a firearm during a domestic-related altercation.
Zachary Robert Tanyer, 25, of the first block of Sankey Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to two to four years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of person not to possess a fire arm in connectionwith a December 2016 incident at the Sankey Road residence.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who accepted a plea agreement in the matter, also ordered Tanyer, who also listed an address along Park Springs Boulevard in Spring City, to forfeit all firearms to authorities and to have no contact with the man at whom he allegedly pointed the rifle.
The judge said Tanyer will be eligible for the state Department of Corrections’ Quehanna Boot Camp, a military-style, motivational and disciplinary program located in Clearfield County.
An investigation began about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 when Limerick police were notified that someone had threatened another person at gunpoint during an altercation at the Sankey Road residence. The investigation determined that two women and a man were involved in a verbal altercation on the driveway of the home when Tanyer “came out of the garage armed with a .22-caliber rifle and pointed it” at the male who was involved in the verbal altercation.
“Zachary Tanyer came out of the garage with a .22-caliber rifle and told (the male victim) to get off his property ‘or I’ll put one in you’ as he pointed the rifle at him,” Limerick police alleged in the arrest affidavit, quoting witnesses.
When police went to the Sankey Road residence and questioned Tanyer he admitted he came out of the garage holding the rifle in his hands during the altercation but denied having pointed it at the victim, according to the criminal complaint. At that time, Tanyer told police that he was on parole and knew that he could not own a firearm.
When police conducted a records check of Tanyer they learned he had a previous conviction for criminal trespass stemming from a July 2011 incident, a conviction that prohibited him from possessing or using a firearm, according to the arrest affidavit.