2010-09-16 / Local & State

Dismissal Of Gun Charges In Pa. Shooting Appealed

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – Prosecutors in eastern Pennsylvania are appealing a judge’s dismissal of charges against a New Jersey woman accused of providing a gun used to kill one Pennsylvania trooper and wound another.

Monroe County authorities charged 25-year-old Emily Gross of Westfield, N.J., with criminal conspiracy and accomplice liability. But The Express-Times of Easton reports that Judge Jennifer Sibum dismissed the charges in July, saying they should have been filed in the county where Gross allegedly purchased the gun or the one in which she was living.

Police say Gross was the girlfriend of 31-year-old Daniel Autenrieth, who killed one trooper and wounded another after a high-speed chase in June. Autenrieth was also killed.

Gross has said she did not know that Autenrieth was barred from having a gun, but prosecutors say she did – and since he brought the gun into the county, charges are appropriate there.

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