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Man shoots his finger in order to remove his wedding ring

By Mason White 8:56 AM March 18, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
A man attempted to shoot off his wedding ring from his finger after a fight with his wife, according to hospital officials in Pennsylvania.

Now, the federal prison guard has been charged with shooting his own finger in an attempt to remove his wedding ring during an argument with his wife at his home in northwestern Pennsylvania, police said.

A criminal complaint said that Bradford Police were called to a home at around 9:00 pm and were greeted by Alfredo Malespini III, 31, who told officers he was trying to get rid of his wedding ring and decided to shoot it off.

The shot shattered Malespini’s finger, but did not remove the ring, police said.
At the time of the shooting in Bradford, which is near the border of New York about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Malespini worked as a lieutenant in the McKean Federal Correctional Institution, a medium security prison a few miles away.

Vicky Moser, who is the executive assistant at the prison, said she could only confirm that Malespini is still employed as a lieutenant in the prison, but could not comment on whether he has been suspended or has otherwise taken any leave.

Bradford police Lieutenant Steve Caskey told the press that he is still seeking treatment in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Malespini was taken to UPMC Hamot Hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound, mental and emotional problems, Caskey said.

Police have been called to the Malespini residence a couple of times above for domestic conflicts, but Caskey said that Malespini has never been charged with a crime before.

On the day of the shooting, Malespini had been drinking quite a lot all day and he and his wife had been arguing all day about an affair he had had for several months, Caskey said.

Malespini has been charged with disorderly conduct and was cited for firing a weapon within city limits, but he is also charged with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor of the second degree punishable by up to two years in prison.

No one else was injured in the shooting.