‘Goodfellas’ actor, as deputy sheriff, had right to weapon, chief says


STOWE, Vt. (AP) – “Goodfellas” actor Paul Sorvino, who pulled a gun on his daughter’s ex-boyfriend in a confrontation, was allowed to carry it and never pointed it at the man, according to Police Chief Ken Kaplan.

Sorvino, 67, was ready to fire a warning shot during the Jan. 3 incident involving daughter Amanda Sorvino and ex-boyfriend Daniel Snee, 21, who was threatening her and trying to get into her Stowe Motel room.

Sorvino, a deputy sheriff in Pennsylvania, is entitled to carry a weapon from state to state, Kaplan said.

“He expressly stated there was no way through his training that he aimed the gun at this person, he didn’t even threaten him,” Kaplan said of Sorvino. “He just said, ‘I have a gun, I want you to stay away from my daughter, back off’, because the guy was out of control, and he was.”

An affidavit filed by Stowe police officer Frederick Whitcomb said Amanda Sorvino had broken up with Snee earlier that night. Snee threatened to kill her, prompting her to lock herself in a bathroom and call police and her father.

After being arrested, a handcuffed Snee escaped through an open window of a police cruiser and was found hiding in trees behind the motel about an hour later, the affidavit said. He was charged with escape and disorderly conduct.

The affidavit said Snee had a blood alcohol content of 0.175, more than double the legal limit for driving in Vermont.

On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge granted Amanda Sorvino a protection-from-abuse order against Snee. Snee, of Effort, Pa., was being held Wednesday at the St. Johnsbury Regional Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Paul Sorvino was the star of 1982’s “That Championship Season.” His film credits include roles in “Goodfellas” and “The Cooler.”

He is also the father of Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s 1995 comedy “Mighty Aphrodite.”

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