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Pennsylvania Judge Is Charged With Shooting Her Ex-Boyfriend As He Slept

 Pennsylvania Judge Is Charged With Shooting Her Ex-Boyfriend As He Slept

A Pennsylvania magistrate judge, suspended from her duties, faces charges of shooting her former boyfriend while he slept, purportedly trying to make it appear as if he had done it to himself, law enforcement officials disclosed.

According to an arrest affidavit examined by the Associated Press, Sonya McKnight, 57, allegedly shot Michael McCoy in his Harrisburg residence on February 10, after he attempted to end their relationship. McKnight has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. Susquehanna Township Police received a 911 call from McKnight, requesting an ambulance for her boyfriend, who she claimed had lost his vision, as reported by NBC News.

Reports indicate that McCoy, 54, had endeavored several times to persuade McKnight to vacate their shared residence following the termination of their year-long relationship. On February 9, upon returning home, McCoy discovered McKnight still present, dressed in pajamas on the couch, according to CBS News. McCoy left for a local bar and upon his return, informed McKnight of his intentions to enlist her mother's assistance in persuading her to leave.

After retiring to bed around 11 p.m., McCoy awoke an hour or two later with severe head pain and loss of vision in both eyes, according to CBS News. In the affidavit, it's noted that McKnight allegedly suggested to McCoy that he had inflicted the gunshot wound upon himself, despite McCoy's protestations to the contrary. McCoy sustained a single gunshot wound from his right temple to his left temple, resulting in permanent blindness in his right eye, authorities stated.

An investigation revealed that the firearm used was registered to McKnight, and gun residue was discovered on her hands shortly after the incident, NBC News reported. McKnight is currently detained in Dauphin County Prison on a $300,000 bail.

Pennsylvania Judge Is Charged With Shooting Her Ex-Boyfriend As He Slept

Previously, McKnight had been suspended without pay from her position as Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge following allegations of misconduct filed against her in September 2023 by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board, as per FOX 43. In an unrelated incident in 2019, McKnight was involved in a shooting incident with her estranged husband, Enoch McKnight, as reported by PennLive. McKnight was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident, which occurred three months prior to the investigation.

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