ALLENTOWN, Pa.—A security guard is appealing a voluntary manslaughter conviction in a shooting death in an after-hours club in eastern Pennsylvania last year.

The (Easton) Express-Times ( says the appeal filed for 43-year-old Andrew Gesslein II was filed Monday in Lehigh County Court.

It will be heard by Judge Robert Steinberg, who expressed grave reservations about the conviction before sentencing Gesslein to five to 10 years in prison. That was the lowest penalty he could legally impose.

Gesslein said he was acting in self-defense when he shot 23-year-old Michael Randolph at the North End Republican Club in April 2012.

Steinberg said Randolph bore some of the responsibility and he doubted charges would have been filed had Gesslein been a police officer rather than a security guard.


Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times,