EVANS CITY — A woman who allegedly fired a single round from a gun in Evans City saw the two most serious charges against her dismissed at a Tuesday preliminary hearing.
Free on $50,000 bond, Brittany L. Young, 37, of Grove City, appeared in court to face two felony counts of aggravated assault, two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Young has been accused of firing off a round that landed near a local man, who was in the midst of an argument with neighbors.
Following a decision by District Judge Wayne Seibel, her case moves forward to the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, although now without the two felony charges.
Young’s attorney, Charles P. Hoebler, called for the judge to dismiss those charges based on an argument that Young, who holds a concealed carry permit, used her gun in a lawful manner and shot at the ground, not at the accuser.
“There’s no testimony that would support the charges of aggravated assault against anybody,” Hoebler said. “It’s pretty obvious she shot it at the ground, not at anybody.”
Assistant District Attorney David Beichner tried argued the bullet was close enough to the accuser to be thought of as an attempt to cause serious bodily injury. Beichner cited the arresting officer’s testimony that the bullet landed about four to five feet from where the accuser was standing.
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