42-year-old Pete Tano, of Hatfield Township, Pennsylvania was estranged from his wife of 17 years, Christina. According to court documents, the couple got into an argument in January when Tano arrived at her apartment and saw another man there. Christina told Tano to leave and when he didn't she "panicked and grabbed her gun" , a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.
Reports indicate that she was waving her gun around and told Tano to get out but instead he pulled out his own gun, a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic handgun.
Christian testified that she dropped her gun, hoping Tano would drop his, but instead, he swung his arm down at her. She said she went to block the blow with her hand, but his gun hand struck her head and the gun fired, shooting through her wrist, a Marilyn Monroe poster and into the wall.
Christina testified that Tano told her, "You know I didn't mean it," and then called 911. She later yelled at Tano from the stand, "You know because you can't ever control your jealousy I can't ever control my last two fingers."
The bullet injured Christina's ulnar nerve and resulted in the loss of all feeling and strength in her left pinky and ring fingers.
Tano pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person and was sentenced Thursday to 23 months in the county jail. The judge reduced the sentence to five months already served and placed Tano on parole for the remainder of the 23-month sentence.
According to Tano's lawyer, "We maintained that she (Christina) grossly overreacted under the circumstances by pulling the gun on him. But his actions in retrieving his firearm resulted in the accidental shooting."
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