Brown County homicide suspect received weapons before alleged crime

Daniel Somoskey. File photo
Daniel Somoskey. File photo
Daniel Somoskey with Stacy Flora. File photo
Daniel Somoskey with Stacy Flora. File photo

GEORGETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A man arrested for killing his girlfriend over the weekend retrieved a number of weapons from the Brown County Sheriff's Office just hours before the murder.

Daniel Somoskey is charged with the murder of 30-year-old Stacy Flora of Georgetown. Flora was found shot to death inside her home Sunday afternoon.

Surveillance video from outside the Brown County Sheriff's Office shows Somoskey and his girlfriend Stacy Flora picking up a number of his firearms Friday morning.

"We signed the weapons back over to him and both of them left together and then we find out Sunday that she has been killed," Chief Deputy John Schadle said.

According to a police report, on Jan. 13 deputies arrived at Flora's home to find a drunken Somoskey firing weapons in the backyard. He went to jail and deputies took a .45 caliber handgun, a .22 rifle and 12 gauge shotgun. Somoskey pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and on March 17 a judge ordered his weapons be returned to him.

"It was a misdemeanor charge. To try to forfeit those guns for that would be like trying to take someone's car for a speeding ticket," Schadle said.

Schadle said Somoskey had no prior criminal record and the judge had no reason to keep those weapons from him. He believes whether Somoskey had those weapons or not, the outcome would have been the same.

"I think if a person is motivated to commit that crime for whatever reason, they will find a way to get it done," Schadle said. "It's tragic but it would have been just as tragic had he not picked those weapons up Friday and used a different method to kill her. The result would have been the same. It would have been the same type of tragedy."

As for that drunken gun incident, Somoskey was given a 30 day suspended jail sentence, one year probation, 40 hours community service and a $250 dollar fine. If he is found guilty of murdering  Flora, he may face life in prison without parole.

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