Woman gets 1-2 years for gun in 2009 soldier’s death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to one to two years in state prison for purchasing a firearm used in the shooting death of a state trooper more than a year ago. ten years in eastern Pennsylvania.

Court records show Emily Joy Gross, 37, of Westfield, NJ, pleaded guilty in June in Monroe County to a third-degree firearms charge. Monroe County Judge Stephen Higgins sentenced her on Friday to 12 to 24 months less time served in a related federal prosecution, The (Allentown) Morning Call reported.

Authorities alleged that Gross purchased the .9mm gun, falsely claiming to be a resident of Pennsylvania, and left it with Daniel Autenrieth, despite knowing that she was prohibited from having guns due to an abuse protection order filed by his ex-wife. .

Gross, who said she gave Autenrieth’s address because she thought she would soon move in with him, was sentenced in 2011 to seven months in federal prison after pleading guilty to lying on the form. purchase of firearms. The Crown has been beset by calls about location changes and claims of double jeopardy.

Authorities said Autenrieth later abducted his 9-year-old son from his ex-wife’s home in Nazareth and led soldiers on a high-speed chase in June 2009. The 40-mile chase ended by a shooting in Monroe County that killed him and also claimed the life of 34-year-old Trooper Joshua Miller. The boy was not injured.

The Public Safety Officer’s Medal of Bravery, the nation’s highest honor for first responders, was later awarded by then-Vice President Joe Biden to the family of Miller, a veteran of the Navy and father of three children, and to Trooper Robert Lombardo, who was wounded in the shoulder in the shooting.

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