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Man Who Once Pleaded Insanity In Murder Case Gets House Arrest For Illegal Guns

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Florida man who was acquitted of murder charges in 1992 after pleading insanity was sentenced to 18 months house arrest for possession of illegal firearms.

David Harris Dunaway, 58, of Hawthorne, was acquitted by reason of insanity in the fatal shooting death of a truck driver at a Wildwood gas station.

Dunaway had allegedly driven his car into a ditch and trucker Leonard Allen Brower refused to give him a ride. Dunaway then shot him point blank with a semi-automatic weapon, Huffington Post reports.

After being seen by two psychiatrists, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to a state mental hospital in Chattahoochee.

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He was arrested this past December when police found 36 guns and 4,269 rounds of ammunition in his van after pulling him over for speeding. Under federal law it is illegal for someone with his medical history to possess firearms.

He told police he was headed to a flea market to sell some of his gun collection.

U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Dunaway to a three-year supervised release and 300 hours of community service.

Whittemore notes in his order that Dunaway, an avid outdoorsman, is banned from possessing guns but can still bow-hunt.

Sources: Tampa Bay Times, Huffington Post