A-13-0959, State v. John P. Tharp (Appellant)
Scotts Bluff County, District Judge Randall Lippstreau
Attorney for Appellant: Stacy C. Nossaman-Petitt (Nossaman-Petitt Law Firm)
Attorney for Appellee: Jon Bruning and George Love (Attorney General’s Office)
Criminal Action: Terroristic Threats, Third Degree Domestic Assault, A Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Action Taken by Trial Court: After a jury trial on the matter, a jury found the appellant guilty on all counts. The district court sentenced the appellant to 12 to 24 months’ imprisonment for the conviction of terroristic threats; 6 months’ imprisonment for the conviction of third degree domestic assault; and 3 to 5 years’ imprisonment on each of the two convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Assignments of Error on Appeal: The appellant assigns that the district court erred by overruling his motion to suppress and in excluding certain evidence regarding the purchase of firearms by a prohibited person, specifically the difference between a “firearm” and an “antique firearm.”