ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A security guard convicted of voluntary manslaughter in a shooting death in an after-hours club in eastern Pennsylvania last year has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.
The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/13yZV6j ) says 43-year-old Andrew Gesslein II was sentenced Tuesday in Lehigh County Court to the lowest sentence permitted by law.
Gesslein said he was acting in self-defense when he shot 23-year-old Michael Randolph at the North End Republican Club in April 2012.
Judge Robert Steinberg said Randolph “bears some responsibility here” and he believed Gesslein wouldn’t have been charged had he been a police officer rather than a security guard.
Randolph’s relatives had called for a murder rather than a manslaughter charge, and some were clearly angered by the sentence and the judge’s remarks.
Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com