Grants Pass man sentenced to two more years in prison in gun case

An Oregon man who authorities feared might have been planning a sniper attack on a high school football game has been sentenced to serve two years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Owen Panner said Thursday that he wanted to make sure that 27-year-old Raphael E. Amoroso of Grants Pass receives the intense psychological treatment he needs to overcome his anger and unrealistic view of the world.

Prosecutors had sought a seven-year term. Panner imposed a three-year sentence with credit for the year Amoroso has spent in jail since October 2011.

He was arrested after approaching a police officer outside Grants Pass High School a few hours after a football game. In his car were a pistol, a novel about a sniper attack, binoculars and a camouflage jacket.

— Jeff Barnard, Associated Press


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