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Loyalhanna man gets five years for beating man with broken drinking glass

Rich Cholodofsky
| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 4:36 p.m.

A Loyalhanna man will serve up to five years in prison for beating a man earlier this year with a broken drinking glass.

Bryan Gamble, 61, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated assault and single offenses of simple assault and criminal mischief in connection with the Jan. 17 incident.

Police said Gamble struck a man in the face with the broken glass during an altercation.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Feliciani sentenced Gamble to serve two to five years in prison under terms of a plea bargain finalized just as jury selection in his trial was to start.

Assistant District Attorney John Petrush said that sentence was below standard guidelines for an aggravated assault in which a deadly weapon is used.

“There was the potential for a not guilty verdict, and this plea will spare the witnesses and victims from having to testify,” Petrush said.

The prosecution said the assault occurred while Gamble was on probation for an incident in Derry Township two years ago in which he was convicted of stealing an ambulance .

According to court records, Gamble pleaded guilty to theft and other charges and last year was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in jail and four additional years' probation. Defense attorney Chris Haidze said Gamble had completed the jail portion of that sentence.

He was sentenced to serve a concurrent two- to five-year prison sentence for violating the terms of his probation in the ambulance theft.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or

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