W. Pa. man who brought AK-47 to work seeks plea

EXPORT, Pa. (AP) — An attorney for a western Pennsylvania man who allegedly walked into a Pittsburgh-area workplace with an assault rifle is seeking a plea deal.

Attorney Blaine Jones says 28-year-old Matthew Devon Smith has a history of mental issues, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/15AvbU6 ) reports Wednesday. Jones says there is a tentative deal with prosecutors that could include a prison sentence if a judge agrees.

Police say Smith was suspended from work on May 22. Later that morning he showed up at the Perma-Cast building with an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun. That’s about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Smith allegedly told employees to leave and surrendered to authorities the next afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Jones says Smith didn’t intend to hurt anyone and regrets his actions.

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