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Lawyer accused of shooting himself, making up story of attack by third party takes misdemeanor plea

Posted Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Originally facing a felony obstruction case, an Indiana lawyer accused by authorities of falsely reporting he had been shot by an unknown third party at a state park has taken a misdemeanor plea.

Peter Raventos, 44, pleaded guilty to false informing and the obstruction charge was dropped in the Owen Circuit Court case. He was sentenced to a year of probation, 24 hours of community service and a suspended jail term of 180 days, reports WBIW. He was also ordered to stay away from state park property.

Raventos called 911 at about 10 p.m. on June 25, 2012 and told responding conservation officers that he had been shot in the back by an unknown assailant as he was jogging in McCormick's Creek State Park. However, an investigation determined that he had purchased items including a shotgun, shells, bungee cords and plywood shortly before the incident and authorities contended that he had shot himself in the back, securing and firing the weapon from a distance.

The article doesn't include any comment from Raventos or his counsel.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Lawyer Charged in Own Shooting; Authorities Say He Staged Apparent Attack for Unknown Reason"

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