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One judge trumps another and releases gun collector once deemed insane

TAMPA — One judge overruled another this week and let gun collector David Harris Dunaway go home.

Dunaway, 58, of Hawthorne, was acquitted by reason of insanity in 1993 after fatally shooting a stranger, Leonard Brower, in a Wildwood gas station.

All these years later, he was found en route to a flea market in a van with three dozen guns, illegal under federal law for someone with his medical history. Authorities took the weapons, only part of his collection, and he pleaded guilty to a gun charge in March. He gets sentenced June 16.

Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli has twice denied him bail. But Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore disagreed, concluding the government hadn't proven that Dunaway would pose a danger to the community.

The judge ordered electronic monitoring and noted that Dunaway's wife has stored remaining firearms in a distant city.

One judge trumps another and releases gun collector once deemed insane 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 6:05pm]
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