Gunman's wife charged for purchasing weapon for her husband
Charges have been filed against the wife of the man who pulled the trigger in the murder-suicide that took place May 5 at 360 E. Main St., in Canton Borough.
State police at Towanda said that it's alleged that Kimberly Jean Chisman, 46, of Canton, purchased the handgun used in the incident for her husband, Curtis Chisman, because he was unqualified or ineligible to purchase a firearm, due to a prior criminal conviction. Police said this is known as a "straw purchase."
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jeffrey P. Sredenschek reported that on May 22, charges were filed against Kimberly Jean Chisman at Magisterial District Court 42-3-01 in relation to the incident. Police said she was charged with sale or transfer of firearms, a felony of the third degree, and unsworn falsification to authorities, a misdemeanor of the third degree, and was provided a preliminary arraignment on the charges before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy and released on $45,000 unsecured bail.
Police said a preliminary hearing on the charges is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. May 29.
According to police, Curtis Shelton Chisman used the gun, a Taurus 9 mm handgun, to shoot Teesha Marie Rieco twice, resulting in her death, and that he then used the handgun to shoot himself once in the head region, resulting in his death.
Police said that it was found that Kimberly Jean Chisman purchased the handgun Nov. 25, 2011 in Canton.
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