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Uniontown woman sentenced for shooting into mayor's home

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Uniontown woman was sentenced to serve 23 months' intermediate punishment on Wednesday, nine months after she was charged in an incident in which a bullet entered the residence of city Mayor Ed Fike.

Tamerra Nicole Hall, 25, had pleaded guilty in the shooting and was sentenced by Fayette County Judge Nancy Vernon.

Vernon ordered Hall to serve the first six months of her sentence on house arrest with electronic monitoring. She must make $500 restitution to Fike.

Without a plea bargain, she could have received up to two years in prison, Vernon said.

In a criminal complaint, police said Hall displayed a handgun during a “disturbance inside” Park's Casino bar on Connellsville Street on Feb. 15.

A .40-caliber bullet traveled through the bar's ceiling and into two upstairs apartments, including Fike's residence.

Hall initially was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

The first charge was dismissed and the second charge was disposed of at the magistrate's level, court records show.

On Oct. 7, Hall pleaded guilty to three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Vernon's sentence applied to the first count of reckless endangerment. She accepted guilty pleas to the other four charges without imposing further penalty.

Fike, who owns the building at 308 Connellsville St., said he was downstairs helping his daughters, who own the bar, when an altercation broke out among Hall and other patrons. Fike said no one was in the bathroom of the apartment directly above the bar when the bullet pierced the ceiling.

A person who was asleep in his apartment was awakened when the bullet passed through his hallway floor but was not injured, he said.

Hall left the bar before police arrived but turned herself in the next day.

She had been free on $25,000 bond.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at mpickels@tribweb.com or 724-836-5401.

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