Connellsville man held for court on involuntary manslaughter charge
By Mark Hofmann
Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 5:36 p.m.
A Connellsville man was held for court on Thursday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Jeremy Paul Hamborsky, 24, was charged in the Aug. 11 shooting death of his cousin, Kylie Marie Sage, 23, of Connellsville. Hamborksy's attorney, Emily Smarto, said in the courtroom of District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr. that the shooting was accidental.
Sage, 23, was found about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 11 in the driver's seat of a truck parked on North Bellview Road. Police said she died from a single gunshot wound.
Trooper Patrick Egros with the state police at Uniontown said upon his arrival at the scene, Hamborsky was visibly upset.
“He said she was his cousin, family, and he would never do anything like that,” said Egros.
Trooper Craig Soltis interviewed Hamborsky at the state police barracks in Uniontown.
Hamborsky told police he and two others were passengers in a vehicle driven by Sage.
Earlier in the day, Sage told Hamborsky that she recently purchased a .45 caliber pistol.
Hamborsky said while Sage was driving on North Bellview Road he was sitting in the rear passenger side seat in the vehicle. He said he was handed the gun and Sage said it was not loaded. He said when he racked the pistol, a round went off.
Soltis said Hamborsky did not recall pulling the trigger.
Sage was later pronounced dead by a Fayette County deputy coroner.
The coroner's report listed the cause of death as an accidental gunshot that entered her right side, penetrated her lungs and heart and exited out her right side, said Soltis.
Both Sage and Hamborsky had alcohol in their systems, but Soltis said he didn't believe Hamborsky was intoxicated when he was interviewed.
“This is nothing but a tragic accident,” said Smarto, Hamborsky's attorney. Smarto said Hamborsky had no intention on causing death or injury to Sage and that the prosecution could not establish that.
Haggerty held all charges for county court with a formal arraignment set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17 in Courtroom 1 in the Fayette County Courthouse.
Hamborsky, who is free on bail, was ordered not contact Sage's parents.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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