Trout Run man convicted of reckless shooting

A Trout Run man was convicted Wednesday of firing a long gun toward a 14-year-old boy.

Paul D. Crissman, 62, of 1127 Route 84, was found guilty by a Lycoming County jury on charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

The boy testified to standing outside his parents’ home at about 3:15 p.m. Oct. 7, 2011, when he saw Crissman come out of the woodline, aim a gun and fire, said Assistant District Attorney Aaron Biichle, who prosecuted the case.

Biichle said the boy’s 11-year-old sister was on the back porch and told the jury “‘I’ve heard gunshots around the house, but this was really loud – it sounded like someone was firing at the house.'”

The boy told police that the gun was not aimed at him, but Crissman did fire in the direction of his home. The shot landed close enough that the boy saw leaves move in his driveway.

Crissman had been sentenced about a week before the incident to 18 months of probation for firing at two men riding all-terrain vehicles near or on his property on July 11, 2011. One of Crissman’s shots hit one of the ATVs.

Two counts of felony aggravated assault were dropped before the case went to trial.

Crissman will be sentenced on Feb. 13.