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Security guard charged with voluntary manslaughter in Randolph shooting death

Published On: Jun 07 2012 11:31:31 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 07 2012 06:50:29 PM EDT

Security guard charged with shooting Michael Randolph


A Berks County man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the deadly shooting of another man outside a nightclub in Allentown.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Allentown police Chief Roger MacLean made the announcement during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Andrew Gesslein II shot Michael Randolph three times after Randolph tried to force his way inside the North End Republican Club on North 8th Street in Allentown on April 29, officials said.


Randolph, 23, later died at a hospital. According to the autopsy report, Randolph was shot once in the back, once in the abdomen and once in the right thigh. Results of toxicology tests showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.07% and that marijuana was present in his system at the time of the shooting.

The voluntary manslaughter charge means authorities do not think Gesslein's actions were premeditated.

Gesslein, 42, of Tilden Twp., Berks Co., near Hamburg, was committed to the Lehigh County Prison without bail.

Randolph's family, as well as police and Martin, made multiple pleas for witnesses to come forward and provide information about the case.

During their 5-week investigation, detectives said they interviewed 21 of 97 people who were at the club at the time of the shooting. They also reviewed video recorded by multiple security cameras in the area.