W. Pa. man who shot girlfriend released

COMMODORE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man who admitted to shooting his former girlfriend with a 12-gauge shotgun has been released from jail after a judge accepted his insanity plea.

Forty-three-year-old John Reome was found not guilty by reason of insanity during a non-jury trial Thursday before Indiana County Judge Thomas Bianco. Psychiatrists agreed the defendant was insane at the time of the January 2012 shooting.

Reome told the judge that his parents intend to take him to Florida for mental health treatment.

District Attorney Pat Dougherty said legislators need to revisit the mental health laws that allowed Reome’s release.

Reome admitted he shot 40-year-old Billie Jo Varner as she walked into the home she had shared with him. She recovered, but says she still suffers chronic pain.

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