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Dr. accused of gun sign theft has case moved
- Updated: April 5, 2014
The case against that Dr. Anna Marie Kontor, accused of taking ‘Repeal NY’S S.A.F.E. Act’ signs from a front yard in the Town of Williamson back on November 21st, 2013, has been moved to the Marion Town Court.
Lawyers for the 47 year-old pediatrician, who works for Williamson Pediatrics, asked for the change of venue, citing the Town of Williamson is represented by the Villani Law firm, who is also representing Kantor.
Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy said the case has dragged on long enough. He had offered to plea the case down from a misdemeanor Petit Larceny to a violation of Disorderly Conduct. Katie Villani of the Villani Law firm wanted the charge reduced to a ACD (Adjourned Contemplating Dismissal), since the doctor did not want any conviction on her record, but Healy refused saying Kantor either had to take the plea deal, or go to trial.
Gun owners, opposed to the NY SAFE ACT have rallied against the law banning certain types of assault weapon and also targeting ammunition purchases by dealers and gun owners.
Signs began appearing on lawns throughout the State urging the repeal of the rapidly passed legislation. No sooner had the sign movement taken hold, when homeowners began complaining of sign thefts.
The case will come before Marion Justice Samuel Bonefede on Wednesday, April 23rd.
The local chapter of S.C.O.P.E. (Shooters’ Committee On Political Education) has the signs for sale at $8 around Wayne County. S.C.O.P.E. representatives, said they will be attending the court hearing and any resulting trial in the case.