Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New York Fights to Keep Guns from Abusers

From Niagara Gazette:

In December 2015, a Chautauqua County man went to the Orchard Park home of his girlfriend, stole some of her property, destroyed other property and started a small fire in her garage.

The following January, David Lewczyk, 53, turned himself in and was charged felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor arson and petit larceny. A judge also issued a “refrain from” order, requiring that Lewczyk be cordial in any future contact with the victim, Ruby Stiglmeier, 51.

The order did not force Lewczyk to temporarily surrender his legally-registered pistol, and on March 29, he used it to shoot Stiglmeier to death in her Queens Place home, before turning the gun on himself.

Read more here.


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This was really very unfortunately, only if this man was restrained by making him giving up on his gun after that first offence Ruby would be alive.

Posted by: Dan Winster | Jan 15, 2018 1:10:52 AM

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