A Pennsylvania state appeals court docket on Tuesday upheld a man’s misdemeanor conviction for pointing a finger gun at his neighbor throughout an argument.
Stephen Kirchner, 64, was discovered responsible of disorderly conduct and ordered to pay a $100 nice plus court docket prices, WGAL reported. The Pennsylvania Superior Court dominated that his gun-like gesture “served no legit objective, and recklessly risked upsetting a harmful altercation.”
“We conclude that there was sufficient evidence that Kirchner’s act of mimicking his shooting [his neighbor Josh] Klingseisen created a hazardous condition,” Judge Maria McLaughlin wrote within the Tuesday opinion.
Kirchner had fought the case for greater than a yr. He argued that his actions had been too minimal to be thought-about felony and that he had no curiosity to trigger “public alarm” or create “hazardous conditions.”
However, his lawyer told The Associated Press they didn’t plan to attraction after the Tuesday ruling.
According to court documents, Kirchner made the offending gesture on June 7, 2018, whereas strolling previous Klingseisen’s home with one other neighbor, Elaine Natore. The two males locked eyes throughout Klingseisen garden as a part of a publicly unknown feud that additionally concerned Natore.
Kirchner testified that Klingseisen flipped him off “with each palms,” so he merely “returned fire,” so to talk. The incident was captured by a surveillance digital camera that Klingseisen had put in at his dwelling due to the dangerous blood along with his neighbors.