MAYWOOD, Ill. — A jury Tuesday acquitted a gas station owner charged with violating a municipal anti-handgun ordinance by grabbing a gun and exchanging shots with two men who had just robbed him.
The jurors rejected the prosecution's call to treat the charges against Donald Bennett as a simple violation of an ordinance that prohibits residents of the Chicago suburb of Oak Park from private possession of handguns.
Assistant Village Atty. Bruno Graziano had asked the jury Tuesday to return a guilty verdict, saying: "You heard Mr. Bennett say he did have that gun (and) he did fire that gun."
Calls Case 'Ridiculous'
Bennett's defense attorney, Michael Goggin, called the trial a "ridiculous case" and said: "The police have charged the victim of an armed robbery with an ordinance violation. . . . The real issue is were the right people charged in this case."