2018-06-09 / News

Jurors convict man on gun charges

Jurors convicted a former Warren man on two firearms charges last week after a trial in Cameron County Court.

John T. Clark, 35, is being held in the McKean County Jail, pending sentencing for illegal possession of a firearm by a fugitive, and possession of a firearm with an altered/obliterated serial number.

District Attorney Jeanne Miglicio based her case largely on the testimony of Jessica Pearsall, who had turned over the .22-caliber handgun to police.

Pearsall testified that she saw Clark with the revolver on multiple occasions, including an incident during which it accidentally fired in her apartment. She said the defendant agreed to remove the gun from the residence.

Last July, after Clark’s arrest for outstanding war­rants, Pearsall began gather­ing his personal belongings and found the same weapon hidden among Clark’s cloth­ing.

Chief Merritt testified that he thoroughly examined the weapon in an attempt to find the manufacturer’s serial number, hoping to deter­mine if the gun had been re­ported missing or stolen. He then delivered the revolver to the Pa. State Police crime laboratory in Erie, where specialists were unable to decipher the obliterated se­rial number.

Clark’s lawyer, Christo­pher Martini, pointed out to jurors that the gun could have belonged to anyone who had access to Pearsall’s apartment.

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