Man will serve 18 to 40 years in state prison for shooting man in Morrisville

A man convicted of attempted homicide for shooting a man during an assault in February 2019 at a Morrisville trailer park was sentenced on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, to 18 to 40 years in state prison.

Thomas Zorrer, 39, was convicted on all counts against him by a Bucks County jury in December.

Besides attempted homicide, he was also found guilty on two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of felon not to possess a firearm, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, and possession of an instrument of crime.

Before he was sentenced, Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber played a series of prison phone calls where Zorrer threatened the victim, his ex-girlfriend and prosecutors and detectives involved in the case. The calls spanned April 2019, two months after the shooting, until late December 2021, after Zorrer had been convicted.

Furber also submitted as evidence a 4-page handwritten letter from Zorrer with even more threats.

In imposing sentence, Common Pleas Judge Brian T. McGuffin pointed to Zorrer’s “constant disrespect for authority, his egregious conduct, and his wanton disregard.” 

“I mean you can’t be good in jail; how will I be confident you will be good if you get out,” McGuffin said before handing down the 18-to-40-year state prison sentence.

McGuffin also sentenced Zorrer to five years of probation and ordered him to have no contact with the victim or his ex-girlfriend.

At the time of the shooting, Zorrer was homeless, but the victim allowed him and Zorrer’s girlfriend to live in the victim’s home at the Bel Aire Trailer Park.

The victim testified in December that he and his mother allowed them to stay on the condition that they not cause any problems or get into any fights or arguments.

On the morning of Feb. 21. 2019, Zorrer and his girlfriend were having an argument and the victim told them they had to go.

During a fight, Zorrer pistol-whipped the victim and fired a 9-mm handgun at him. The bullet struck the victim’s ear. The victim testified during trial in December that he still has hearing problems as a result of the shooting.

Zorrer fled the home after the shooting but was apprehended by state police in Penndel Borough. As a convicted felon, Zorrer is by law forbidden to possess a firearm.

This case was investigated by the Falls Township Police, led by Detective Catherine Coffman, with the assistance of Bucks County Detectives, Penndel Borough Police, Middletown Township Police, Bristol Township Police, Bensalem Township Police and Pennsylvania State Police.

Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber prosecuted this case.

Media Contact: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298, mgamiz@buckscounty.org