Lawyer sentenced in Pa. hunting death to appeal

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - August 4, 2011

Forty-nine-year-old Montgomery County lawyer David Manilla was sentenced last month to 10 to 25 years in state prison on involuntary manslaughter and weapons charges in the Nov. 29 shooting of 52-year-old Barry Groh.

The Intelligencer of Doylestown reports the 49-year-old Manilla filed a notice of appeal this week with the state Superior Court. Manilla's new attorney declined comment to the newspaper. Deputy District Attorney Robert James says there are no grounds for an appeal and that he first thought it was a joke.

Groh was shot on the first day of deer season. Manilla later acknowledged he was hunting with a high-powered rifle and had tried to destroy evidence at the crime scene.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.phillyburbs.com

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