A Lancaster man was convicted this week of illegal possession of a pistol, which he had while on parole for a robbery conviction.
A Lancaster County jury found 24-year-old Kenny Murph guilty of a felony count of persons not to possess firearms.
First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen presented evidence at a two-day trial that Murph had a .38-caliber Ruger pistol under his seat when Lancaster city police pulled over a vehicle on July 5, 2017.
Murph was convicted of robbery in 2014 and served a state-prison sentence. He was on parole at the time of the 2017 incident. The robbery conviction prohibits Murph from having a firearm.
The jury deliberated for about 40 minutes Tuesday before deciding the case about 11:40 a.m.
Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright, who presided over the trial, raised Murph’s bail to $150,000, which was not posted. (Murph had been out on $15,000 bail.)
Judge Wright will order sentence after a background check.
Lancaster city police investigators were among those to testify about the pistol, which had its serial number scratched out.
Lancaster city police Officer Isaac Witmer filed charges.
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