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Man Who Shot Into Trailer Park Office Gets Maximum County Sentence

July 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matthew S. Lannetti, 215.340.8018, mslannetti@buckscounty.org

Jimmy Stormant
    Jimmy R. Stormant

A suicidal man who fired 10 shotgun rounds into the occupied office of a Falls Township mobile home park received a maximum county prison sentence today in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.

Jimmy R. Stormant, 56, had been found guilty May 10 of aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied building after a non-jury trial before Judge Raymond F. McHugh.

Stormant told McHugh today that he was depressed, drunk and planning to kill himself after shooting up the Pennswood Crossing office on Adler Drive last Sept. 12.

“I thought that there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I seen no other way out and I felt that I had nowhere to turn,” Stormant said. “I did what I did out of frustration, rage and pure anger.”

McHugh sentenced him to serve one day less than one year to one day less than two years in the Bucks County Correctional Facility, saying he was willing to “take a chance” on Stormant by not sending him to state prison.

The judge cited Stormant’s lack of a prior criminal record, his emotional state at the time of the crime his remorse and his ongoing efforts to overcome his alcoholism.

“I don’t think it does any good for you to go to a state correctional institution,” McHugh said. “You have been a model prisoner, and I think you are the type of person the court should take a chance on.”

The shots passed through the walls of the office and narrowly missed Doran and Andrea Johnson, a married couple who were inside. The Johnsons recently had told Stormant that they were not responsible for the electrical service problems he was experiencing at his mobile home, Deputy District Attorney Matthew S. Lannetti said.

Stormant apologized to Doran Johnson in court, saying, “I can only imagine what you felt that day, and being here today, going through it again. I am sincerely and wholeheartedly sorry. I feel terrible today.”

Johnson, after asking McHugh if he could respond, said simply, “I forgive you.”

McHugh called it “kind of a miracle, in a way, that you could fire 10 shots into a building and nobody got hurt. Mr. Johnson’s a good man, a pretty remarkable man, to stand here and say that he forgives you.”

Stormant, having worked many years as a machinist and a truck driver, said debilitating injuries had left him unable to work, throwing him deep into debt and exacerbating his alcoholism.

On Sept. 12, he said, he got up intending to die. He had driven to a Wawa, withdrawn all of his remaining savings and placed it into an envelope for his mother. He turned his dog over to his ex-wife.

Then, drunk, he shot up the trailer park office and called his mother and ex-wife to say goodbye. Officers arrived to find Stormant sitting on his porch with a gun, a bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey and a Bible.

His mother, who had received a farewell call from Stormant, had already rushed over from her nearby home, thwarting his suicide plans. “I remember wanting to shoot myself, but I couldn’t do it in front of my mother,” he told McHugh.

At least 10 relatives and friends – one a former prisoner whom Stormant had mentored – showed up to support him. His ex-wife, Audrey Turnicky, described Stormant as a kind, unselfish man whose troubles had overwhelmed him.

“He was a broken man and lost all hope,” Turnicky told McHugh. “In time, he reached a point where he felt that … not being among us was his only option.”

Nina Stormant, his mother, asked McHugh to “understand where he was at when he did the terrible thing he did,” saying her son “will always be sorry for what he did.”

In addition to the prison sentence, McHugh gave Stormant a consecutive two years of probation. He forbade him from possessing or drinking alcohol, ordered him to have no contact with Pennwood Crossing or the Johnsons, and to undergo mental health and alcohol abuse counseling.

“I have no intention of ever touching another drop, ever,” the defendant said.

The case was investigated by the Falls Township Police Department.

 

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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