Montco Lawyer Faces 25 Years After Plea In Shooting Death Of Trespassing Hunter

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A Montgomery County lawyer pleaded “no contest” to manslaughter charges Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a hunter on his Bucks County property last fall.

The hunter was gunned down with a high-powered rifle (see previous story).

The “no contest” plea from David Manilla means he doesn’t admit his guilt but concedes that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him if the case went to trial.

The 49-year-old Worcester man did plead guilty to two firearms charges.

Bucks County prosecutor Bob James says Manilla was responsible for killing Barry Groh of Quakertown, Pa. but failed to take responsibility.

“Manilla acted in a very reckless manner and very arrogant manner, and his actions directly resulted in Barry Groh’s death,” James said.

Defense attorney Keith Williams says his client is very sorry for what happened and thinks it was a tragic accident.

Manilla is a convicted felon who wasn’t allowed to have guns. He now faces a maximum of 25 years in jail when he’s sentenced in July.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. joe says:

    that opening day of deer season ,barry groh was on a adjacent property,barry fired a weapon,that was allowed for use inn that area it was a shotgun,the sound of his weapons explosive blast,should have signaled to other persons or hunters that another individual was near by and to use caution ,not to fire a weapon towards that area..this is something taught in hunter safety prior to going out hunting,,perhaps this person with a illegal weapon was NOT hunting wildlife but was hunting HUMANS,,,yes a less than intelligent lawyer[[also a felon] with a weapon ,he was not allowed to possess,guns ,was looking to prey on people vs wildlife,,and than killed a innocent recreationalist,,,david baited the deer to increase his chances of killing those also,,,,are there rules for some or none at all,,,,pray

  2. YoYo says:

    I thought you couldn’t be a lawyer if you were a convicted felon. Does he still have a license to practice law?

  3. flora says:

    When is Marino going to be arrested? After all, he helped his nephew and covered up what happened. The DA should do her job and have him arrested. After all, if it were anyone else involved in covering up a crime, you better believe they would be arrested and prosecuted. Marino is not above the law!

  4. margret says:

    The hunter was NOT trespassing. I’m from the area and I know where he was found. This low life has shot a hunter before. He has been thumbing his nose at the law for years. His uncle has covered for him and allowed him to break the law. Now when are they going to go after the ‘important’ people who were with him? The ones who helped him try to cover up the crime. The people who allowed the paramedics to think it was a heart attack?The people who bought the guns for him. The ones how helped him hide the guns. All these things are crimes also. They are trying very hard to sweep this under the political rug.

  5. Responsible Hunter says:

    Gee- “no-contest”
    won’t admit guilt for taking the life of Mr Groh
    won’t admit guilt for shooting a hunter while pheasant hunting
    won’t admit guilt for beating a man outside a gym (hitting him from behind)
    won’t admit guilt for shoplifting from Cabela’s\
    worst of all his Uncle former D.A. Marino not rendering aid and knowing his nephew was hunting illegally and does nothing….. may they rot in hell !

  6. Concerned Citizen says:

    I though read that this is the second time this Creep allegedly shot somebody (Don’t feel like getting sued by his buddies). This guy is an arrogant, Joey Buttafuoco looking character. I hopes he gets the max for not taking responsibility. Not only was he not suppose to have guns at all, but the type of rifle he was using was illegal in that part of PA, even if he was suppose to have guns. This poor man that was shot and killed deserves better. Manslaughter sounds like a plea agreement.

  7. C'MON MAN says:

    Manilla has told investigators he had mistaken the Quakertown man for a deer and shot him with a High powered rifle.Manilla is a convicted felon who wasn’t allowed to have guns.

  8. Betsy G. says:

    Sounds like someone needs anger management class – along with premeditated murder charges. Get him off the streets!!!!!

  9. Carolyn says:

    HE PLED GUILTY, BUT REFUSES TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A MURDER HE COMMITTED BECAUSE OF HIS OWN SELFISHNESS!!! FRY HIM FOR PREMEDITATED MURDER, SINCE HE TOOK THE RIFLE IN TO HIS OWN HANDS AND FIRED IT AT THE HUNTER! THE COMMON SENSE THING HE SHOULD’VE DONE, WAS TO HAVE HIM PROSECUTED FOR TRESPASSING…DAH!!!

    1. Zzbar says:

      Trespassing laws don’t work. Thats why people trespass. Shoot their b*tts.

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