Lawyers: Man with gun, sniper book should get bail



MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for an Oregon man who authorities believe may have been planning a sniper attack on a high school football game argued for his release while he awaits trial on firearms possession charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Owen Panner in Medford said Thursday he will rule soon on whether to grant bail to Raphael Amoroso.

Amoroso was arrested in October with a loaded pistol, marijuana and a novel about a sniper attack on a football game after driving out of a parking lot at Grants Pass High School.

Defense lawyers argued that the 26-year-old Amoroso has been cooperative, offered reasonable explanations and is not charged with any crimes of violence.

Prosecutors counter that a large cache of guns and ammunition show that Amoroso poses a risk to society.