DALLAS — Gary Conklin blasted a man in the head with a shotgun as
the victim sat by campfire 32 years ago. Conklin now is charged with
firearm violations while hunting not far from the site of that 1981
Conklin, 54, of Detweiler Lane, White Haven, was
charged with illegal possession of a firearm and game law violations
after being confronted by deputy wildlife conservation officers near
Caplos Road in White Haven on the afternoon of Dec. 14.
Conklin also was charged with having a loaded firearm on a motorized
vehicle and using a .22-caliber rifle to hunt deer in violation of
the Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code.
Conservation Officers Kenneth Pfeil and Patrick McElhenny were on
routine patrol when they observed Conklin allegedly hunting with a
loaded rifle from an ATV on the last day of the Pennsylvania regular
firearms deer season, the office said.
guilty to third-degree murder on what would have been the opening
day of his trial in February 1982 on charges of murdering Gerald
Volovnik Jr., 20, of Sellersville, and reckless endangerment,
according to Times Leader archives.
Conklin was sentenced to
nine to 20 years in state prison on the murder charge and a
concurrent term of one to two years on the reckless endangerment
conviction. It could not be determined on Monday when he was
released from prison.
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