Pennsylvania (The Gaslamp Post) – A federal prison guard who had been reportedly drinking heavily and arguing with his wife tried to use a handgun to remove his wedding ring last week. The two had been arguing over an alleged affair he had had several months prior, when the situation escalated.
According to KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Lt. Alfredo Malespini III, a guard at the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution-McKean had been involved in a verbal altercation with his wife while out on their back deck when he decided he would try to remove his wedding ring. Why it was that he thought that the best way to remove it was with a handgun is not presently known.
Bradford police Lt. Steve Caskey told The Associated Press that he wasn’t sure of Malespini’s employment status, but “as far as we know, he is still seeking treatment in Erie.”
Malespini was taken to UPMC Hamot hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound and also for mental or emotional issues, Caskey said.
Police say that they have been called to the home for domestic disturbances in the past, but indicate that they haven’t had to make an arrest up until this point. When police arrived they found a handgun in the kitchen and indicated that at no time during their presence was it in Malespini’s possession.
Malespini is charged with disorderly conduct and was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits. He was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, because the bullet could have hurt any of his neighbors.
If convicted Malespini faces a possible 2 years in prison. He is due in court for an arraignment hearing on March 26, 2013.
(h/t: CBS Philly)