Gunter Sentenced for Edinboro Shooting

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 11:21 PM

A former Edinboro University student’s life has changed to one behind bars after the events that took place on a cold November night in 2014 just outside the university campus.

Former Edinboro University student Trey Gunter, 22 years old, was sentenced on Feb. 9. He will serve 15 to 40 years in a state correctional facility as confirmed by the clerk of courts.

Additionally, Gunter is required to pay funeral costs and restitution for the victim’s family.

Gunter plead guilty to third degree murder for the shooting and killing of Tobiah Johnson. The incident took place outside an apartment complex on Water Street on Nov. 17, 2014. The altercation occurred when Gunter believed Johnson stole his gun. Johnson died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Gunter was sentenced by Judge John Trucilla in the Erie County Courthouse.

In an article from yourerie. com, Gunter is quoted, saying to the court, “I would like everyone to know I did kill my friend, and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

It was also noted that Gunter’s family and friends attended to show a strong support system, but Trucilla didn’t buy it.

“I know you are not committed to live a crime-free life,” he said.

Also according to yourErie.com,Trucilla was not convinced Gunter was truly remorseful.

According to the Erie Times News, Trucilla asked Gunter specific questions about things that occurred the night of the shooting. Trucilla asked Gunter who he was with, how Johnson ended up on the ground before he arrived at the scene, where he got his marijuana from, and about the 9 mm handgun he used that night.

Gunter refused to answer these questions.

Trucilla believed that the standard range sentence was fitting for Gunter.

“You see, Mr. Gunter, you held the keys to your sentence, and you refused to turn the lock.”

Christopher Capozzi, Gunter’s lawyer, was pushing for a lesser sentence by saying that Gunter was truly remorseful for his actions.

“This case is tragic. There’s a young man who lost his life, Tobiah Johnson, and he was a friend of Mr. Gunter’s. And I believe he’s genuinely heartbroken about that,” Capozzi told Erie Times-News.

“Mr. Gunter made a series of decisions that day that resulted in him losing a large part of his life,” he continued.

Erie County District Attorney Brandon Bingle was more than happy with the result of this case, saying to the Erie Times-News that, “It impacted the Edinboro community, it impacted the witnesses in this case, and it had an impact in the victim’s family. So with that, I thought the sentence was appropriate…”

Gunter’s sentence of 15 to 40 years in a state correctional facility is effective immediately.

Edinboro Borough Police accused two other defendants, Michael Barron and Ryan Andrews, as accomplices in the shooting death of Johnson.

Barron, 23, allegedly struck Johnson, knocking him to the ground before Gunter arrived at the scene.

Andrews, 23, allegedly drove Barron and Gunter to and from the crime scene. Both are being held at Erie County Prison without bond.

Karlee Dies is the Managing Editor of News for The Spectator.

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