Parolee draws state prison on weapons charge

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

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.

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