TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Donora man acquitted of trying to kill rival

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Westmoreland Photo Galleries

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:03 p.m.
 

After 90 minutes of deliberations, a Westmoreland County jury on Wednesday acquitted a Donora man of trying to kill his romantic rival in a Monessen bar.

The jury found Calvin Goggins, 62, guilty of lesser charges of reckless endangerment and a firearms offense.

Prosecutors contended Goggins argued over the telephone with his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend on Sept. 6, 2012. Fifteen minutes later, he stormed into the Steel City Grille and fired three shots from his .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. No one was injured.

The jury rejected the prosecution's efforts to convict Goggins of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Assistant District Attorney Allen Powanda said Goggins went to the bar specifically to kill Jeffrey Hill. Evidence during the two-day trial indicated the altercation between Goggins and Hill started when Goggins repeatedly called his ex-girlfriend, Hope Harris.

Prosecutors contended Goggins fired the shots and was immediately subdued by Hill and others in the bar.

Goggins, who has been in jail since his arrest the day of the shooting, will be sentenced in about two months by Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Accident closes Route 22 in Murrysville
  2. Pair charged with prostitution-related offenses in South Greensburg
  3. Norvelt residents try to preserve community history’s link to Roosevelts
  4. Twin Lakes to host grand opening for expansion area that includes dek hockey rink
  5. Harrison City woman arrested for fighting police
  6. Jeannette council to consider change in rental ordinance
  7. Trial in Monessen homicide of drug dealer nears start
  8. Scottdale man arrested at end of motorcycle chase
  9. Opening arguments set in Rostraver home invasion case
  10. Westmoreland Cultural Trust moves to next phase of Palace capital campaign
  11. New Derry to celebrate its 200th birthday