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Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

The former girlfriend of a man who shot and killed Lower Burrell police Officer Derek Kotecki was sentenced to six months' house arrest for her role in helping the killer elude authorities for 10 days before the fatal shooting.

NicoleWalters, 39, of Lower Burrell, pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony counts of hindering prosecution for assisting Charlie Post as he attempted to flee from police following an unrelated shooting at a local hotel.

On Oct. 12, 2011, police received a tip that Post was outside of a Dairy Queen in Lower Burrell, where Kotecki was killed by Post during the ensuing gunbattle. Post then killed himself.

Walters, her niece Amanda Walters, 25, and Post's brother Chad Post were charged with helping Charlie Post avoid apprehension after a shooting on Oct. 2 at the Clarion Hotel.

Police said Walters and her niece gave Charlie Post food, money, clothing and a cellphone when he went on the run following the New Kensington shooting.

Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. sentenced Nicole Walters to serve house arrest as well as two years on probation.

Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro asked that Walters spend at least six months in jail.

“If she had contacted the police, perhaps Mr. Post could have been apprehended in a less violent manner than what occurred and perhaps Officer Kotecki would be alive today,” Ciaramitaro said.

Amanda Walters is scheduled to appear before McCormick on June 16 for her sentencing hearing.

Chad Post's case is pending.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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