Boardman man sentenced in shooting of father

Staff report


A 24-year-old township man was found guilty of negligent assault in the accidental shooting of his father over the weekend.

Raymond Cerni Jr., of Montrose Avenue, was convicted and sentenced Tuesday in Mahoning County Area Court to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $150 fine plus court costs.

He was accused of shooting his father, Raymond Cerni Sr., 51, in the leg and groin area Saturday evening at the family home.

Cerni Jr. and a witness to the shooting told officers there was no argument before the gunfire and that the witness, Cerni Jr. and his father were discussing guns and ammunition when Cerni Jr. displayed his gun.

When he tried to clear the chamber, the 40-caliber, semiautomatic handgun fired, according to records.

Police reports said Cerni Jr. “appeared to be intoxicated.”

Medical personnel said the bullet appeared to have entered Cerni Sr.’s right leg and groin area, with an exit wound found in the same area. Another entrance wound was found on the left leg near the groin, but its exit point was not located, according to reports.

Cerni Sr. was conscious and breathing when he was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, police said. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The shooting occurred in a garage attached to the ranch-style house shortly after the family had finished passing out candy to Halloween trick-or-treaters.

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