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2 May 2010

Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania)

One of the many sad facts to emerge from the January killing of Trooper Paul G. Richey was this: The gunman, Michael J. Smith, a man with a history of mental-health problems and marital discord, used the same .30-30 rifle to kill Richey that he had used 13 years before to threaten other police officers and his wife in a violent display at a Venango County car dealership. Nothing in state law at the time of Smith's first violent crime in 1997 barred him from again... (

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