Roger Garfield, Antiques Dealer Who Killed Homeless Man, Ends Legal Saga With Plea Deal

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The defunct antiques store at Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road where store owner Roger Garfield shot homeless man Bobby Cain.
Former antiques dealer Roger Garfield has taken a plea deal that requires he serve four more years in prison for killing an unarmed homeless man in his store in 2006.

The deal to plead guilty to manslaughter, offered by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, ends a lengthy, legal roller-coaster ride in which Garfield, 61, was jailed and freed on two separate occasions because of changes to Arizona self-defense law.

Now he's back in jail after a two-year respite from life behind bars, awaiting an April 25th sentencing that will put him in prison for a term between four and five years.


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Bill Montgomery Won't Release List of Self-Defense Shooters He's Prosecuted

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Not long after taking office, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery formed a special panel of prosecutors to review cases of claimed self-defense.

The Republican politician stated in a news release at the time that the panel was designed to ensure people claiming self-defense would not have their Second Amendment rights violated by unfair prosecutions.

Yet statistics show that more than half of the cases reviewed by the panel ended up being prosecuted.

And Montgomery doesn't want to tell the public which people he's prosecuted after they claimed self-defense.

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Yo, Stupid: Don't Shoot Guns in the Air on New Year's Eve

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Don't try this at home.
Shannon Smith would be in her late 20s if not for the wrong-headed actions of some jerk who fired his gun into the air.

Instead, she was killed by a bullet at age 14 while standing in her front yard.

Odds are, the person who fired the gun from about a mile away -- who has never been identified, much less caught -- didn't mean to hurt anyone. The home version of the 21-gun salute is simply a way to celebrate something with a loud bang.


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10 Arizonans Killed in "Accidental" Shootings So Far This Year

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There have been at least 10 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.

Just this week, a 56-year-old Prescott Valley man was killed after he asked his wife to grab his shotgun for him and the gun discharged during the transfer, fatally wounding him.

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Tucson School District Asks Parents to Agree to Be Responsible Gun Owners, Freak-Out Ensues

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Among other things in school-registration packets, a Tucson-area school district has a pledge for parents to sign, asking for them to agree to be responsible gun owners.

Of course, someone's offended. Apparently, this has to do with Obama-loving liberals trying to tell free Americans how to live their lives.

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Prescott Valley Woman Tries to Hand Shotgun to Husband, Accidentally Shoots Him Dead

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A Prescott Valley woman attempted to hand a shotgun to her husband Monday, but she accidentally shot him, according to police.

The woman's husband, 56-year-old Gary Wingate, was pronounced dead at the home.

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Jewish Group Raffling Off AR-15 Rifles, Because "Gun Control Is Not Kosher"

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Oy vey. A Jewish pro-gun group is raffling off some of the strangest AR-15 rifles we've ever seen.

The rifles from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership come engraved with a Star of David, fashioned like an American flag with rifles on either side, as well as the phrase, "Gun control is not kosher."

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Cops: Joe Colter Accidentally Shot Friend, Says He Never Received Handgun's Owner's Manual

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Joe Colter didn't receive an owner's manual when he bought his 9mm handgun. If he had, he might have read the part that explains how when you rack the slide to eject a bullet, another bullet takes its place. And he might have prevented the accidental death of a friend.

Police say Colter, a 20-year-old Glendale resident, admitted he and a friend were joking around Wednesday night when he unintentionally shot and killed the friend, who is not named in court documents.

See also:
-Three Dummies Accidentally Shoot Themselves or Others in Last Three Days
-Gilbert Boy, 10, "Accidentally" Shoots 12-Year-Old Sister With Handgun

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Poisoning Killed More Arizonans Than Guns in 2011

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While gun-control advocates have been showing off a report that shows more Arizonans have died from bullets in the last few years than car accidents, that report neglects the number-one cause of injury deaths in Arizona -- poison.

A report on injuries released today by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that 4,546 people died from injuries in 2011, and one-quarter of those people were killed by poisoning.

See also:
Arizona Still One of Few States Where More People Die From Guns Than Car Crashes


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Arizona Still One of Few States Where More People Die From Guns Than Car Crashes

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Arizona is still one of a handful of states where more people die from being shot than die in motor-vehicle accidents.

Arizona was one of only 10 states with more deaths-by-gun than deaths-by-car in 2009, and is only one of 12 states in 2010, now the most recent data available. As you can imagine, a pro-gun-control group has issued this report.

See also:
-Arizona Had More "Gun Deaths" Than Vehicle Deaths in 2009, Says Anti-Gun Group
-Arizona's Well Above the National Average! (For Middle-Aged Suicide Rates)

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