Lawyer Pleads No Contest in Hunting Death

A suburban Philadelphia lawyer faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a hunter killed by a high-powered rifle on the opening day of hunting season last year.

David Manilla of Worcester also pleaded guilty Tuesday to two weapons charges. He will be sentenced July 8 in Bucks County court.

The no-contest plea is treated as a conviction, but can't be used against Manilla in a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Police say Manilla was hunting recklessly in November with his uncle -- a former district attorney -- when he killed 52-year-old Barry Groh of Quakertown.

Groh's family is pursuing a civil suit.

The 49-year-old Manilla was already barred from owning a weapon given a 1985 felony assault conviction. He also once shot a pheasant hunter.

He and his lawyers aren't commenting.

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