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Duck Hunter Gets 30 Years

"Be kind to your web-footed friends," goes the old ditty, "for a duck may be somebody's mother." Now here is another reason to be kind to ducks: 7th Circuit affirms 30-year sentence for duck hunting. But as blogger Doug Berman admits, his title is a bit misleading in characterizing the 7th Circuit's decision yesterday in U.S. v. Vitrano, given that the duck hunter in question was a felon under a domestic abuse injunction with a penchant for pipe bombs. Berman provides this explanatory excerpt from the court's opinion:

"Thomas Vitrano pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon and one count of possessing a firearm while subject to a domestic abuse injunction [based on possession of] a Remington 870 shotgun that Vitrano had taken with him to go duck hunting."

To make matters worse, Berman notes, at Vitrano's sentencing, the government presented evidence that "he sent multiple functioning pipe bombs disguised as a birthday present to his former girlfriend's house." In other words, the flat-footed may have had more to fear from this defendant than the web-footed.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 20, 2007 at 05:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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