The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 23, 2013

Jury acquits Farrell man of gun charge, others pending


FARRELL — A Mercer County jury last week found a Farrell man not guilty of a firearms charge, but his legal troubles are not over.

The charge, prohibited possession of a firearm, was separated from other charges filed against Sean J. Rain in the same case to keep his criminal record, a potentially prejudicial bit of information, from a jury that would consider the other charges.

Rain is on the trial list for May on charges of aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, said District Attorney Robert G. Kochems.

Rain punched a 20-year-old Sharon woman in the lip, then pulled out a handgun and hit her across the face with it, at a house party at 5 a.m. Sept. 2 at a home in the 900 block of Fruit Avenue, Farrell, the victim testified at Rain’s preliminary hearing.

She said she started punching him and he had the gun to her stomach, but they were separated by others and no shots were fired.

As Rain was led away, he told her he knows where she lives, made the shape of a gun with his hand Ð he had put the gun in his pocket Ð and said ”pop pop,” she said.