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Derry man released from jail

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:57 p.m.
 

A suspect awaiting trial on charges stemming from a botched robbery that ended in the death of one of his alleged co-conspirators was released from jail this week on bond.

Murder charges were dismissed late last year against Jesus Santiago, 43, of Derry in connection with the Dec. 29, 2012 shooting death of Michael Volk, 24, of Indiana.

On Monday, Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick said Santiago could be released, but would be subject to house arrest and barred from using alcohol and drugs.

Santiago had been in jail for 15 months.

Police said Santiago, Volk and two women, Tiffany Blattenberger, 23, and Danielle Clawson, 24, tried to rob Ronell Moses Jr.

Westmoreland County Judge John Blahovec ruled there was not enough evidence to warrant the murder charges against Santiago and the two women.

Murder charges remain against Moses, 22, of Penn Hills, the man police said shot and killed Volk during the botched robbery.

In court documents, Moses said he acted in self-defense.

Last month, Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. allowed Blattenberger and Clawson to leave jail on bond while they await trial on conspiracy and robbery charges.

 

 
 


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