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Prison Guard Charged in Lawyer’s Shooting-Range Death

Posted Aug 2, 2010 3:31 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Two Pennsylvania corrections officers have been criminally charged in connection with the death last month of a midstate lawyer at a shooting range.

Raymond Franklin Peake, 64, has been charged with homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy concerning the July 21 shooting death of attorney Todd Getgen, 42, of Enola at a North Middleton Township range, the Patriot-News reports.

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed tells the newspaper that Peake admitted taking Getgen's gun, for the purpose of helping to arm an unidentified group working to overthrow the United States government. However, Peake says he found Getgen already dead at the range, Freed states.

TPM Muckraker reports that Getgen's weapon was a custom silenced AR-15 rifle.

Another suspect, Thomas Franklin Tuso, 34, of Duncannon, is charged with theft and receiving stolen property concerning his alleged storage of rifles stolen by Peake, the newspaper reports.

An earlier Patriot-News article says authorities don't think Getgen was shot with his own gun.

Neither suspect has a lawyer of record and both have been suspended without pay at the Camp Hill prison for which they have been working, reports the Associated Press.

A graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and a U.S. Army veteran, Getgen had practiced for 13 years at the SchmidtKramer personal injury firm, according to a Williamsport Sun-Gazette obituary.

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